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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Strict Water Rationing for EVERYONE in California EXCEPT Nestlé, Inc.

Because of California's three-year record drought, everyone is suffering from strict water rationing.  The environment is dying from dried-up rivers and lakes; and farms, gardens and lawns are all withering.   And yet Nestlé continues drawing huge amounts of water from a spring on the Morongo Band of Mission Indians’ reservation.  Drought, what drought? 

Nestlé Waters North America Inc. is drawing thousands of acre feet of water from this reservation so the Nestlé water-bottling operations (Arrowhead and Nestlé Pure Life) can continue without a hitch.  First things first.

Nestlé is already notorious for buying up local water rights — mostly in Third World countries — and purposely letting the water supply deteriorate and become unsafe to drink.  Then — Presto! — the local indigent people will be “encouraged” to purchase Nestlé's bottled water instead.  (Google it.)

And the Nestlé CEO, Peter Brabeck, has famously declared that access to water is not a right:

“The one opinion, which I think is extreme, is represented by the NGOs, who bang on about declaring water a public right. That means as a human being you should have a right to water. That’s an extreme solution.

Let 'em drink Arrowhead.

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Blogger Jerry Critter said...

While Nestle may be drawing large amounts of water, I would be interested to see it as a percentage of what is used by people and relative to what is used by agriculture. I suspect that it may not look so large based on the comparisons.

July 15, 2014 at 9:02 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jerry: I'm sure Big Ag is one of the worst culprits. It's the small farms, with less political clout, that are getting screwed.

July 17, 2014 at 11:26 AM  
Blogger Walter Lide said...

This privatizing of water is happening all over the U.S. and rest of the world. Your very fine article got me to thinking... http://www.weirdwally.blogspot.com/2014/07/california-water.html

July 17, 2014 at 3:33 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Walter: Thanks for the blog post linking to me. This is definitely a huge problem that most people aren't aware of (or they think it only happens "somewhere else").

I tried to comment at your site but wasn't able to. I'll try again later.

July 17, 2014 at 4:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's been almost a generation since the last real serious drought and as the agencies are REALLY trying to get people to conserve even to the point of threatening fines, there are those who are taking that -big-government-picking-on-the-little-guy-Tea-Party-Thing!

Maybe they don't believe it's real, some sort of Kenyan Conspiracy, or there's a 100 billion gallons being stored and hidden somewhere by the liberals.

It's very simple, there's not a lot of water, you need to conserve, we really mean it!

I flipped into my 1970's conserving mode again!


July 18, 2014 at 10:59 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Erik: Just what we need, a bunch of teabaggers insisting the drought is just a hoax and them gummint bureaucrats ain't gonna tell me how much of that there water I can use. 100 billion gallons of water being stored and hidden by liberals -- LOL.

July 19, 2014 at 11:01 AM  

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