*this first part is from a petition from 6 years ago, it went nowhere but I'm hoping I can make a change!*
Is access to clean water a basic human right or a commodity that should be bought and sold like in other article of commerce? From California to Michigan to Maine, the Nestlé Corporation is currently waging legal battles against communities to secure their local water mining rights. What does this really mean? Across the United states surface water the oceans, ponds, rivers, and lakes are held as a public trust. No one really owns the water, but ground water falls under a different set of rules depending on the state. Maine for instances operates with a rule called Absolute Dominion. A law adopted in the late 1800's that basically means that he who has the biggest pump can take the most water. In short, Nestle gets a permit before the people who are impacted by this water mining really know what is going on.
"They're making all of the profit and we're suffering. The water belongs to the people and when they take it, the town gets nothing."
This is a common theme. I don't know about you, but this does not sound right to me. Nestlé is pulling out all of this water for nearly free (6-11 cents per gallon to extract, process and package) and then selling it back to the local communites at a huge profit ($6.00 per gallon.)! Nestle is also a Swiss company; a company that made $3.5 billion from bottled water in 2008.
DId you know that by the year 2030 2/3 of the worlds population will lack access to clean drinking water? The cost of bottle water becomes more than the cost of a gallon of gasoline and when you consider that, you realize that water is the next empire ; an empire worth almost 800 billion dollars per year! Nestle has long since realized this and is scheming against small US communities to cash in on the profit. Sign this petition now to defend our communites and tell Nestlé Waters to stop taking OUR water!
Nestlé has gone too far! They are now damaging our rivers, streams, and Great Lakes. Effecting our wildlife and charging US for it. It's time fore us to do something! It's time to stand up and STOP Nestlé from stealing our water. If we don't do something now it might be too late and our bodies of water we love so much will cease to exist before anyone else does something. Please, help us stop Nestlé. I will be contacting our state representatives to see what they have to say about the matter and what they are willing to do. We CAN NOT keep letting them steal our water and damaging our wildlife habitat. I'm turning to you guys, our states advid outdoors men and women to help us stop Nestlé. Just taking a few moment out of your day could help.
Keep Pure Michigan PURE