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All Bottled Up: Nestlé’s Pursuit of Community Water

All Bottled Up: Nestlé’s Pursuit of Community Water

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Nestlé takes water from U.S. communities for cheap, bottles and sells it — for billions of dollars in profit — and then dumps the environmental and other costs onto society. In some cases, the company refuses to listen to citizens who don’t want their water taken. For example, in Maine, the town of Shapleigh denied Nestlé permission to take water. However, residents fear that the company, which already removes hundreds of millions of gallons of groundwater from the state each year, may now try to take water from a wildlife preserve. In response to Nestlé’s activities, a campaign is underway to limit water mining statewide.
Nestlé takes water from U.S. communities for cheap, bottles and sells it — for billions of dollars in profit — and then dumps the environmental and other costs onto society. In some cases, the company refuses to listen to citizens who don’t want their water taken. For example, in Maine, the town of Shapleigh denied Nestlé permission to take water. However, residents fear that the company, which already removes hundreds of millions of gallons of groundwater from the state each year, may now try to take water from a wildlife preserve. In response to Nestlé’s activities, a campaign is underway to limit water mining statewide.

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Published by: Food and Water Watch on Jan 06, 2009
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Nestlé’s Pursuit ofCommunity Water
 ALL BOTTLED UP
 
 About Food & Water Watch
Food & Water Watch is a nonprofit consumer organization that works to ensure clean water and safe food. We challengethe corporate control and abuse of our food and water resources by empowering people to take action and by transformingthe public consciousness about what we eat and drink. Food & Water Watch works with grassroots organizations aroundthe world to create an economically and environmentally viable future. Through research, public and policymaker educa-tion, media and lobbying, we advocate policies that guarantee safe, wholesome food produced in a humane and sustainablemanner, and public, rather than private, control of water resources including oceans, rivers and groundwater.
Food & Water Watch
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1616 P St. NW, Suite 300 Washington, DC 20036tel: (202) 683-2500fax: (202) 683-2501info@fwwatch.org www.foodandwaterwatch.orgCopyright © January 2009 by Food & Water Watch. All rights reserved. This report can be viewed or downloaded at www.foodandwaterwatch.org.
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25 Stillman Street, Suite 200San Francisco, CA 94107tel: (415) 293-9900fax: (415) 293-9908california@fwwatch.org
 
 ALL BOTTLED UP
Nestlé’s Pursuit of Community Water
Table of Contents
 
iv 
Executive Summary, Key Findings and Key Facts About Nestlé’s Bottled Water Business
1
History
2
Case Studies
 
California water in Nestlé’s sights
5Floridafghtsbac
5 Efforts in New England 
6Massachusetts
7 New Hampshire7 Maine
11WorkingagainstNestinWisconsin12Michiganwateratstake13OthercommunitiesresistNestlé
14
Conclusion
14Whatyoucando
15
Nestlé’s Buying Spree
16
Appendix 1: Nestlé Lashes Out Against Documentary Film FLOW
17
Appendix 2: The Bad News with Bottled Water 
18
Appendix 3: Businesses Turn to Tap Water, Too
18
Appendix 4: Some Facts: Nestlé’s Bottled Water Business
19
Appendix 5: Possible Global Trade Implications of Groundwater Extraction
20
Endnotes

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