Stop Cloud Ocean Water stealing our treasured water!

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This petition is in order to stop Cloud Ocean Water from extracting and stealing any more of Christchurch's precious water in order to exploit our treasured resource for profit, which is neither beneficial to us Kiwis nor is it sustainable to our place we call home. Furthermore it is also a petition that Cloud Ocean Water close and cease their operations here in New Zealand and that they and any other company or organization seeking to do the same never again return to our shores.

Cloud Ocean Water has been extracting our precious water in Christchurch for export overseas. They have drilled a bore at 170m on land which is potentially contaminated, close to where Christchurch City Council takes its water from, may be from the same aquifer as our drinking wells and may affect the purity of our drinking water. They have been given consent to take 1.6 billion litres a year, which may potentially sell for billions per year. However in spite of putting our drinking water at risk in order to profit, the community of Christchurch in no way benefits from this. Furthermore in spite of public outrage and outcry, Cloud Ocean Water may be granted further consents to extract another 7.5 billion litres of our city's water. Combined, the near 9 billion litres of water would make Cloud Ocean Water the second biggest consumer of water in Christchurch, behind only the City Council. This is an obscenity and exploitation of our treasure and precious resource, which in no way benefits us and it can not be allowed to happen nor to continue.

Our water exists in order to sustain us, meet our needs and for us to continue to exist and not so that other companies and organizations may profit. It is a vital resource which is a treasure and needs to be protected and sustained for ourselves as well as future generations who will live in our ever growing city and region. Globally pure, clean and drinkable water is fast becoming a scarce and valuable resource and it is therefore understandable why there would be demand for our water. However this is because of over exploitation and unsustainable practices in other places and such exploitation and practices should not and can not be allowed to happen here in our country and land which we value as clean and green. In places such as Australia and California have had water crises due to drought and depletion of ground water. Depletion of ground water can lead to ground subsidence (sinking) which may affect buildings and roads, may lead to water restrictions which may affect residents and the regional economy in terms of agriculture and other industries that depend on the water, which will in turn affects jobs and businesses. Therefore our water must be protected and managed sustainably, if 9 billion litres of water is extracted from our aquifers, eventual depletion will be inevitable as the water will not be able to be replenished by rainfall or other means.

Cloud Ocean Water does not have to pay for the water itself due to the Governments position that no one owns it, meaning the water cannot be priced and can be exported for negligible cost. This is wrong as a matter of fact and also from a moral standpoint. Although our treasure should not be treated this way at all, our water is priceless as a resource and should be paid for even if it can not be technically priced. If the Crown does not own the water, at the very least it is the possession of and exists for the people who live on the land and is a public good that is paid for and managed at the expense of the New Zealand tax payer and the rates paid to the Christchurch City Council. Furthermore if the Crown does not own the water then the water which is part of the land (which belongs/belonged to the people of the land and/or it's residents, not Cloud Ocean Water) that which it was gathered from to be in the aquifer, retains it's customary title unless there exists some form of legislation stating otherwise. In short, it is simply impossible nor is it so that our precious water does not belong to anyone nor that no one is responsible for it, that it can be considered a resource that can be freely taken by anyone to with as they so choose. Taking something from someone without paying for it or their agreement that it can be taken is the very definition of theft, which is what Cloud Ocean Water is doing. Considering also the potential impacts and affects of what Cloud Ocean Water are doing to the people of Christchurch, their land and treasured resource and being potentially aware of the impacts and affects and doing nothing to stop Cloud Ocean Water also meets the definition of negligence of those who are allowing or by their inaction permitting Cloud Ocean Water to continue their obscenities.

In conclusion, it is our moral duty to ourselves, our people, our city, our land and water and those who came before us to protect our resources and ensure that they are sustainable for future generations. It is our duty to stop Cloud Ocean Water and anyone like them from exploiting our treasure. This is a petition is in order to stop Cloud Ocean Water from extracting and stealing any more of Christchurch's precious water in order to exploit our treasured resource for profit, which is neither beneficial to us Kiwis nor is it sustainable to our place we call home. Furthermore it is also a petition that Cloud Ocean Water close and cease their operations here in New Zealand and that they and any other company or organization seeking to do the same never again return to our shores. I hope that we will be supported and this will be successful.