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Californians facing the prospect of endless drought, mandated cuts in water use and the browning of their summer lawns are mounting a revolt against the bottled water industry, following revelations that Nestlé and other big companies are taking advantage of poor government oversight to deplete mountain streams and watersheds at vast profit. An online petition urging an immediate end to Nestle’s water bottling operations in the state has gathered more than 150,000 signatures, in the wake of an investigation by the San Bernardino Desert Sun that showed the company is taking water from some of California’s driest areas on permits that expired as long as 27 years ago.
One of the largest water bottling and snack producers in the country is under fire again in California as Nestle Waters using an expired permit to pump water for its water bottles.
A handful of consumers, advocacy groups and content creators banded together in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday to protest the proposed Comcast Corp.-Time Warner Cable merger.
As the drought deepens across California and water restrictions take effect, Nestle won't be making friends with this bit of news.
Bottled water already has a pretty nasty reputation; landfills are overflowing with two million tons of discarded water bottles (which take 1000 years to biodegrade), and it takes approximately three liters of water to package a single liter. With statistics like these, it’s hard to imagine the product’s image could get much shadier — but it just did, and it’s threatening to take Nestle’s carefully-cultivated reputation down with it.
The U.S. Forest Service says it's examining an expired permit from water bottling giant Nestlé that has allowed the company to pump water out of a national forest for years.
More than 135,000 people have signed a petition by Courage Campaign, an online activist organization in California, to stop Nestlé from bottling water during the drought. “These are our water savings accounts, and we’re drawing them down like their is no tomorrow,” Eddie Kutz, Courage Campaign’s executive director, told ThinkProgress.
WALK ON: With SB 4 facing its first hearing before the Senate Health Committee on Wednesday, supporters of the bill to expand Medi-Cal to undocumented immigrants will march to the Capitol today. After departing from the Embassy Suites on Capitol Mall at 10:30 a.m. and rallying on the north steps of the Capitol, immigrant rights advocates from Young Invincibles, the Courage Campaign, Health Access California and the California Immigrant Policy Center will be joined by the legislation’s author, Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, for a press conference at noon. SB 4 is the centerpiece of a package of bills introduced last week by Democrats to expand protections for people who are in the country illegally.
California just entered its fourth year in record-breaking drought, but that hasn't stopped food and beverage giant Nestlé from drawing water from multiple reserves in the state to make its bottled water.
If Nestlé, which operates three of five statewide water bottling operations in Southern California, does not shut down, the group, called Courage Campaign, wants the State Water Resources Control Board to step in and close the bottling operations. “Taking the groundwater, packaging it and selling it is not a good use of water,” said Eddie Kurtz, executive director of the Courage Campaign.

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