Nestlé Water Taking

Fight Nestlé Privatizing Our Water!

International companies should not profit off fresh water taken cheaply from people who need it.

Since 2000, Nestlé has taken over 4 billion gallons of fresh water from the people of Michigan. For only $200 a year, they bottle it, sell it, and in 2016 alone, made $343 million. Now they want to take more from us ...and sell it back.

Background

Nestlé began taking water in Michigan in 2000. They built a water bottling plant in Stanwood, which is currently expanding. Nestlé has taken over 4 billion gallons of water from 4 sites in Mecosta and Osceola counties:

  • Sanctuary Springs in Mecosta,
  • by the Nestlé plant in Stanwood,
  • from City of Evart wells,
  • and the Nestlé-owned PW 101 well in Osceola Township.

MCWC discovered a new Nestlé application on Halloween 2016. This would increase the water they take from 150 to 400 gpm from PW 101 in Osceola township.

We dove into observation and began questioning people already affected in Evart. Is this increase sustainable for the watershed?

Over 600 attended a hearing on April 12, 2017 held by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

Local people delivered testimony and studies by top-notch scientists to the DEQ. This information suggests that Nestlé water withdrawal is not sustainable. We now wait for the DEQ’s decision.

Meanwhile, Nestlé sued Osceola Township for denying their application for a booster station. Nestlé needs this station if they’re allowed to increase the water they are taking. The lawsuit is costing the township a huge legal bill to defend their right to zoning laws.

MCWC's Position

We encourage donations to the Osceola Township legal defense fund. It's wrong that Michigan laws allow Nestlé to take 210 million gallons of water, bottle it, and sell it for exorbitant profit. Less than two hours away, people in Flint pay the highest cost in the US for water. Water that still cannot be safely used to drink, cook, or bathe! MCWC will continue to fight Nestlé privatizing our water, which sustains us and future generations.

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