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Action alert: Nestlé has been taking millions of gallons of water from public land in California — even during a drought.

From our friends at Food and Water Watch: a chance to easily oppose Swiss giant Nestle from draining the aquifers for profit over people and the environment. They are doing the same in Mt. Shasta and citizens have been working to stop it there as well.

We don’t have much time to act on this, so I’ll be brief: Nestlé has been taking millions of gallons of water from public land in California — even during a drought.

SIGN: Stop Nestlé and protect water on public land.

Nestlé has taken on average about 62 million gallons of water per year from the San Bernardino National Forest. They’re selling this water to consumers, and profiting off public land.1

Nestlé’s water extraction flies in the face of the horrific drought California endured through the past several years. Right now, as you’re reading this, drought conditions are again appearing all over California.2

Nestlé has no right to our water

The State Water Resources Control Board, the state agency responsible for water rights in California, reported that Nestlé has taken on average 62.6 million gallons of water per year — over six times more water than it has rights to from the San Bernardino National Forest!3

The comment period on the water board’s report ends this week. They need to hear from you that they must enforce their report and stop Nestlé from taking any more water.

Nestlé won’t stop taking public water unless we stand up against them. All across the country, they’ve tried schemes to get their hands on public water. In California alone, they’ve taken water in the face of drought and wildfires, including a fire that hit their own system.4

Nestlé has gotten away with this long enough: tell the board to protect OUR water.

We will fight Nestlé wherever they threaten local control of water, and we will never stand down. We have to take a stand for strong enforcement against Nestlé’s water grabs, and we have to do it now.

Take action with Food & Water Action and help stop Nestlé from taking more water.

Thank you for taking action,

Sarah Spooner
Email Program Manager
Food & Water Watch

1. State gives Nestlé, environmentalists and individuals more time to comment about water withdrawals, The Press-Enterprise, January 26, 2018.
2. 44% of California is now experiencing moderate drought, report says, Los Angeles Times, February 1, 2018.
3. Nestlé Spring Water Extractions in San Bernardino National Forest, State Water Resources Control Board, February 1, 2018.
4. Bottling water without scrutiny, The Desert Sun, March 8, 2015.

 

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