Nestlé Is Still Stealing, Selling Water from Drought-Ridden, Fire Ravaged California
Nestlé has been screwing the people of California in the name of greed
Massive wildfires have been hitting California since October 2017. Some of these, like the Thomas Fire, have been powerful enough to be classified as firestorms. They were brought about by multiple factors, with the biggest one being the heavy drought the state has been experiencing since arguably 2007.
Hundreds of thousands of acres of land with forests and homes have been destroyed, prompting Governor Jerry Brown to issue a state of emergency for citizens in the area. Amidst all this turmoil, one would expect nothing but economic sympathy and kindness from the nation, similar to the response Texas got in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. But if anyone is considering purchasing a product from the Swiss corporation Nestlé, they may want to rethink after hearing about their latest actions towards Californians.
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It turns out Nestlé has been taking water from the San Bernardino National Forest’s Strawberry Canyon watershed, bottling it, and selling it off to the rest of the world under the Arrowhead brand. This would be bad enough on its own considering the desperate need for water in the area, but what makes it worse is that company does not even have the rights to the watershed.
In a new ruling by the California State Water Resources Control Board, officials have deduced that Nestlé only has a right to a small portion of the place, in spite of the corporation’s claims to the contrary. Specifically, Nestlé can only take 8.5 million gallons/year, compared to their current 62 million figure. Some other conclusions read as follows:
“Nestlé’s claim to a pre-1914 water right that originates from an 1865 possessory claim by David Noble Smith is limited to riparian uses and is not valid for Nestlé’s current appropriative diversion and use of water from the San Bernardino National Forest;”
“While Nestlé may be able to claim a valid basis of right to some water in Strawberry Canyon, a significant portion of the water currently diverted by Nestlé appears to be diverted without a valid basis of right;”
The Swiss company has had numerous controversies sprout up in the past. We at ReverbPress have reported on a couple of these like their selling of bottled water in Flint Michigan during the poison water crisis. But actively stealing water from a place that is ravaged by drought may have even topped that disgusting decision.
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