WASHINGTON — Nestlé announced it is investing in innovative technology to help reduce the amount of water used in California at the five water bottling plants and four facilities in which food or pet care products are manufactured, according to a press release.

Nestlé opened its first “zero water” plant, which extracts all the water it needs from the milk used to manufacture dairy products, last year in Mexico, stated the release.

Work is underway to transform the Nestlé USA milk factory, located in Modesto, California, into a zero water factory, reported the release, meaning the plant will not use any local fresh water resources for its operations.

The zero water project should save the plant around 63 million gallons of water each year — the equivalent to 71 percent of absolute withdraws in 2014, continued the release.

“Technology we have already deployed successfully elsewhere in the world to help address the challenges of water scarcity will improve our water use efficiency, relieving pressure on California’s water resources,” said Nestlé Head of Operations José Lopez.

Approximately $7 million has been invested in the project, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2016, noted the release.

You can find the release here.