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California’s government cut water usage 22% as their state faces drought conditions. This has experts raising concerns over the millions of gallons of water being bottled by a local plant. Nestle Waters North America bottles and resells the water at a profit.
The water bottling business, Nestle has been operating in Sacramento since 2010 and buys the water from the city. It uses the water to fill bottles of its, Pure Life Purified Drinking Water. Water is also brought in from; El Dorado, Placer and Napa counties to bottle their product, Arrowhead Mountain Spring.
City planner Ray Lane has been keeping us updated with the protests that have been organized outside the plant calling themselves, Crunch Nestle. Bob Saunders, Crunch Nestle organizer says the state is in a drought and they find it deplorable that this company is bottling water they pay little for and sell it back to the public. Nestle spokeswoman; Jane Lazgin says the total the company uses is less than two-thousands of one percent of the city’s annual water usage.
Lazgin also stated that Nestle bottles every bit of water that they touch, making them as efficient as possible. The bottling of water for use in hydration is no different than using water to produce; soft drinks, food, clothing or furniture. She further said bottling water uses a lot less water than the production of many other goods.
Sacramento spokeswoman, Rhea Serran agrees with Nestle’s figures saying they are in line with data collected on water usage. The company has made steps to use less water by switching from water based lubricant to dry lubricants. Nestle also reports approximately 80% of their product stays in California.
Saunders; however argues that allowing a private company to buy water in the conditions their state is facing does not make sense. Water at this point is such a commodity and should not be allowed to sold anywhere for a profit. The members of Crunch Nestle say it is absurd to allow this type of commerce during a drought.