Target: California Governor Jerry Brown
Goal: Ban Nestlé’s water bottling operations in California due to record-breaking drought.
California is in its fourth year of a record-breaking drought. A combination of record high temperatures and sparse rainfall during California’s four-year drought have produced the worst conditions in 1,200 years.
Governor Jerry Brown declared a drought State of Emergency in 2010, calling for strict conservation measures across the state. The California Water Resources Control Board is contemplating enacting a $500 fine for residents who waste water by doing things such as watering their lawns or washing their cars. California’s cities and towns would be required to cut their water usage by up to 35 percent or face more fines under proposed new rules. If legislation is enacted, the state could face its first ever mandatory cutbacks in urban water use.
Despite the environmental hazard, Nestlé is continuing to draw on multiple water reserves to bottle its water for their Arrowhead and Pure life brands. In Sacramento, Nestlé pays only $186 for a quarter of a million gallons of water. The corporation is then able to sell this water for a profit of $2.1 million dollars.
It is estimated that California only has one year of stored water left. Nestlé is only further contributing to the lack of water in the state by depleting the underground aquifers. There are no regulations in the drawing of groundwater, so Nestlé will not be penalized for its actions unless its operations are directly banned.
It is time to put this practice that endangers the environment and the 39 million people who live in California to an end.
Dear Governor Jerry Brown,
Millions of people are suffering because of the record-breaking drought, while Nestlé continues to make millions off of water that belongs to the people of California. By allowing Nestlé to continue to deplete such a scarce resource as water, you are putting millions in harm’s way.
Corporations are not people and water should not be privatized. As governor, it is your duty to do what is in the best interest of your constituents. I demand that you quickly halt Nestlé’s bottling operations in the state.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: “Lake Oroville” via UCLA Sustainability