ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A new study by the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) shows that the amount of water used to produce bottled water products is less than all other types of packaged beverages, according to a press release.

The study by third-party consultant Antea Group found that an average of 1.39 liters of water is used to produce every one liter of finished bottled water, the release reported.

Nine IBWA member companies and one industry peer contributed to the study, the release continued, representing 43 percent of total 2011 U.S. bottled water consumption.

"Water use efficiency is critical for the bottled water industry and efficient water use in operations positively impacts the viability of water resources and business sustainability," said IBWA Vice President of Communications Chris Hogan.

Data such as facility type, total water use and total production from 2009-2011 was used in the study, according to the release.

Please visit http://www.bottledwater.org/files/IBWA%20Water%20Use%20Benchmarking%20Report%20-%20Exec%20Summary%20FINAL%20102113.pdf to read the study in full.