WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 15: A man walks past a bowl of chicken noodle soup at a Walmart store in the Washington, DC, area on April 15, 2019.
In an effort to combat rising water bills, Walmart announced it would be eliminating its bowl plates and replacing them with hot plates and bowls for its customers.
(Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images) Wal-Mart stores in Washington and Maryland have introduced new programs to curb water use and reduce the amount of water it takes to cook meals.
Walmart’s new food-service and supply chain initiatives will reduce water consumption by about 35% and use only 30% less water than the company has in the past, the company said in a press release.
The company has also invested more than $1 billion in its supply chain to better manage water use.
Wal-Mart has been aggressively expanding its food-services and supply-chain efforts in recent years.
In March, it launched the Walmart Superstore, a $1.7 billion store in downtown Seattle, and announced plans to open 50 new stores in 2020.
The chain’s first full-service grocery store, the Walmart Fresh Market in New York City, opened last summer.
It also announced plans for a second full-scale store in Minneapolis.
WalMart has also opened a new grocery store in North Carolina and a new Superstore in California.
The company’s announcement comes amid growing public concern about the rising water rates in the U.S. and in other parts of the world.
Water consumption in the United States has doubled since 2000, according to a report released by the U:S.
Department of Agriculture in June.
That rate has risen faster than the rate of inflation, and is expected to increase more rapidly in the coming years.
In addition, water use at stores is rising at a faster rate than in households, according a report by the Urban Institute and the World Resources Institute released in October.