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Nestle' Is Sucking the World's Aquifers Dry

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Nestle sold $7.7 billion worth of water in 2018, the world’s largest bottled water company. It made that money by paying a pittance for water, paying Forest Service $524 a year to draw 30 million gallons of public water in San Bernardino, California; paying Evart, Michigan $250K a year for its water. Nestlé sets up shop in areas with weak water regulations. States like Maine and Texas operate under a lax rule from the 1800s called “absolute capture,” letting landowners take all the groundwater they want. Michigan, New York, and other states have stricter laws, allowing “reasonable use': property owners can extract water as long as it doesn’t unreasonably affect other wells or the aquifer system. Laws vary even within states. New Hampshire is a reasonable-use state, but in 2006, the municipality of Barnstead became the first nationwide to ban the pumping of its water for sale elsewhere

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I could never understand why people buy bottled water.

They know that it's not "spring" water, and that by the time it gets to the bottling stage, it's at least as contaminated as their tap water could ever be.

The bottles themselves are an ecological nightmare.

In many cases, the water taken would have supplied an area where tax dollars already apply. (Literally stealing from the taxpayers, who technically own it.)

The fact that these companies get to have the water for such a ridiculously lowly price, on top of all this, while places like Flint are dealing with poisoned supplies, speaks volumes about government priorities.

My tap water might have its concerns. I just filter it. Been doing that for years, and have never looked back. (Of course, for people in places like Flint, this is probably not a solution. The only solution may be to move.)

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Nestle is a worldwide water terrorist organization.

Not only are they draining aquifers, they are draining the Great Lakes, too.

This is a must-watch documentary

Blue Gold - World Water Wars

Full Movie

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So much for the benevolent multinational Swiss corporations!

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Quote, " Nestle' Is Sucking the World's Aquifers Dry " Unquote

Contrary to the above claim, the United States Of America, IS NOT THE WORLD. I know to Americans, it seems that THEY ARE THE WORLD, as evidenced by this headline.

Sorry folks, there is a REAL WORLD outside the borders of the U.S. where there is ample water still available. If you have ALLOWED your Government to flog off every drop of water to a private corp[oration, the fault lies entirely at the feet of every single American for allowing their representatives to authorise such a move.

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So none of this seems unfair to you? For example, San Bernardino, CA~~~do you have any concept of how dry this area is? $524 for 30 million gallons of water?

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Forgot to add this yesterday.


Nestle opened a water bottling plant in Phoenix and is paying the same water rates as I am and making many millions of dollars. I'd love to know how much Nestle paid the Phoenix City Council members to allow this atrocity.


And, obviously, Phoenix is in a DESERT in a drought!!

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The States is not the only place Nestle is extracting water. The title is totally appropriate.

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