What’s Up with Nestlé Stealing Public Water?

Written on 22 Mar 2017

The Story of Stuff has just launched a new petition for their campaign against Nestlé Water North America to hold CEO Tim Brown accountable for false claims.

The company continues to take millions of gallons of water a year from the National Forest of San Bernardino without a valid permit. After having already announced their intent to review the application for Nestlé’s new five-year permit back in 2016, the Forest Service is now looking into the validity of their original permit. This action inherently would force Nestlé to prove that they have the right to take California’s water. But who decides this right, and by what authority?

“First, this is the public’s water – it belongs to every Californian and every American. It is an outrage that Nestlé has been allowed to take billions of gallons of water out of this public forest for the past 30 years, without a proper permit, without environmental review or even fair compensation to the people of the United States,” Michael O’Heaney argued in the hearing in June of 2016.

Brown has recently challenged the government’s authority in restricting Nestlé’s right to draw water from the National Forest. The Story of Stuff is widely reporting their actions in order to stop the company from using its influence over our public governmental sectors that work for us and not corporations, encouraging people to tell Brown to leave our water alone. You can sign their petition here.

This campaign also seeks to help stop Nestlé from doubling the water it takes from White Pine Springs Well in Michigan, while they also search for new areas in the Pacific Northwest to draw from. The city of Cascade Locks on the Columbia River voted to ban commercial bottling plants in Hood River County, but the state approved a water transfer right between the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Nestlé, a step closer to Cascade Locks water being sold to the corporation. They are also searching for other sources of water in the Columbia River Gorge.

If you would like to see a map of all the sites Nestlé is or has attempted to take water from, click here.

Your friendly TAP volunteer,

Courtney Crossfield

Founded by the Executive Directors of two US-based sustainable travel organizations; Crooked Trails and Wildland Adventures.

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