Stop supporting Nestle taking water from California and selling it for their own profit
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California had been in a drought for 6 years until that description of the state name was lifted in March 2017. The California government had worked endlessly to make laws to help water conservation and the californian people were doing whatever they could to help save water, and they are still helping now. People have dug up their grass to replant succulents, plants that take less water to stay alive. Additionally, the California government is still working hard even though we are not in an official drought anymore.
Not everyone in California is trying to save the water though. Nestle, one of the largest food and drink companies in the world, is not helping california with this problem. Nestle bottles water in the San Bernardino mountains and sells it across the country for their own profit. In 2015, Nestle extracted 62.6 million gallons of water, while their permit only allowed them to extract 8.5 million gallons every year (NPR). Think of every person in California as a gallon of water. Nestle extracted nearly all of California just in 2015. Even the set limit of of 8.5 million gallons water is a massive amount of water.
Nestle has been bottling water in the San Bernardino area since the late 1800s. Nestle was able to receive a permit back when their company first started, stating how they have a right to extract water from the area (Los Angeles Times). But back in 1988, the companies permit had expired (Motherjones). This did not stop Nestle from continuing bottling water. They still perceive there expired permit as a legitimate legal document stating their right to the water. Not only has Nestle disregarded the expired permit but the forest service had also disregarded this situation, allowing Nestle to continue bottling water without any consequences. After some investigations, Arrowhead had come out saying, when they recieve a new permit, they will comply with all the rules. When will that new permit be given to this big name company? How long do we have to wait until we see our water being stored?
Californians have to limit their water usage, so why does Nestle and other large bottle water companies not have to limit their water use? Back in 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a three bill legislative act called the Sustainable Groundwater Act (Water.CA.Gov). The Sustainable Groundwater Act works towards maintaining balancing groundwater levels and stopping the runoff from high and medium priority basins. This is the first time in the history of California that can act like this has been passed. The California government is creating these acts to limit the water usage from big companies, and help decrease the drought.
The California government does not have to be the only thing that helps diminish these big company flaws. There are many ways that you can help stop Nestle and other big companies from taking California's water. First, stop buying water bottle from these big companies and use reusable water bottles. It actually uses less water to fill up your bottle in the tap than it does when you buy a big carton of water. Second, know where your water is coming from! If it is coming from a natural spring in California try to stay clear of it, because it is probably helping increase the drought. Finally, share this article and help educate the rest of your community about the drought in California and how we can help. This is an underlying issue that many people do not know about, do people actually think of what they are doing to the environment when they take a sip out of a water bottle from California?
By limiting the water usage that these big companies use, we can not only help decrease the drought in California, but will also help the biodiversity, nature, and areas that are running out of water! So please remember, even though we could be saving a lot of water in our homes, other people may not be trying as hard. There a so many other large companies that aren’t trying and do not care about what they are doing to the environment.
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Winter, Caroline. “Nestlé Makes Billions Bottling Water It Pays Nearly Nothing For.”Bloomberg.com,
California, State of. “Edmund G. Brown Jr.” California Department of Water Sources, State of California , www.water.ca.gov/Programs/Groundwater-Management/SGMA-Groundwater-Management
Lurie, Julia. “Your Bottled Water Comes from the Most Drought-Ridden Places in the Country.”
Mother Jones, WorldPress.com , 24 June 2017, www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/08/bottled-water-california-drought/
Morris, Regan. “Nestle: Bottling Water in Drought-Hit California.” BBC News, BBC, 3 May 2016,www.bbc.com/news/business-36161580
Press, Associated. “California Warns Nestle about Millions of Gallons of Water Drawn from San Bernardino National Forest.” Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Times, 22 Dec. 2017, www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-nestle-water-20171221-story.html
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