The Swiss transnational food and drink company Nestlé has won the latest round in a battle to retain the right to draw water from San Bernardino Forest in Southern California, to the dismay of environmental groups that have tried to stop the food giant from plundering the woodland water.
Licensed to Seize Water?
Nestlé drew 32 million gallons of water in 2016 using a gravity-fed, water tunneling retrieval system. The new three-year permit is designed to allow Nestlé to extract water only when natural water levels are sufficient to safely support native fish, wildlife, and plants.
However – environmental observers are not convinced that these conditions go far …
Our thoughts are with all of those affected by Hurricane Harvey, and it’s wonderful to see the heroic relief efforts of individuals and the large-scale aid that has been arriving since the Tropical storm hit.
Helping Those in Need
Among the companies delivering assistance – in this case 1 million bottles of water – is Nestlé, in an act of charity that will help to repair its image after recent negative publicity.
Big Companies With Big Hearts
There was also a big-hearted offer from Blackwater Draw Brewing Company, promising that affected residents could collect as much water as they needed. But this isn’t regular water – it’s reverse osmosis water, used in the brewing …