Water Withdrawals

 

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Nestle Waters, North America currently pays $200 for its intensive water withdrawal in northern Michigan compared to Coca Cola Refreshments USA Inc's fee of $1.1 million in 2016 for water usage fees to the City of Detroit.  Nestle bottles water mainly under the Ice Mountain brand in Evart, and the profits made by the company just from our state's natural resources alone are over $340 million annually.  Local residents have documented lowering water tables of their groundwater supplies and other waterways over the years.  The CEO of Nestle is on record as believing that water is not a human right, and that the privatization of water supplies for corporate profits is acceptable.  Residents have been in a legal fight with the company over its permits to pump and are continuing to fight for the preservation of our natural resources.  In Wayne County, Pepsi Bottling Group LLC and Coke also purchase large amounts of water for the purposes of bottling and selling products, approximately 113 and 105 million gallons respectively, but both return approximately half in wastewater, compared to the 396 million gallons withdrawn with none returned to the water table by Nestle in 2015 alone.  There are numerous other companies across the state of Michigan bottling and selling water without proper oversight or regulations, many of whom are using loopholes within the Great Lakes compact to do so.  

Documented side effects of water withdrawals include, but are not limited to:  

Damage to wetlands

Lowering of groundwater tables

Lowering of lakes, rivers, and streams

Warming of the shallower water

 

Counties with companies that are permitted for water withdrawals include:

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Alcona County

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Allegan County

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Calhoun County

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Dickinson County

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Genesee County

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Grand Traverse County

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Gratiot County

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Iron County

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Isabella County

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Jackson County

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Kalamazoo County

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Kent County

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Macomb County

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Mecosta County

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Midland County

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Oakland County

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Osceola County

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Ottawa County

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Roscommon County

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Saginaw County

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Tuscola County

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Washtenaw County

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Wayne County

 

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Sources

https://www.pri.org/stories/2018-02-04/tiny-michigan-town-water-fight-nestle

http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2017/04/nestle_evart_wetlands_impact.html

http://michiganradio.org/post/judge-says-osceola-township-must-issue-nestle-water-pump-station-permit

http://michiganradio.org/post/reporters-notebook-how-much-detroit-water-do-coke-and-pepsi-use

https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2016/11/20/nestl-bottled-water-company-seeks-take-more-michigan-water/93175144/

https://www.clarklakespirit.com/absopure-clark-lake/

https://www.downtownpublications.com/single-post/2017/11/21/Spring-water-bottling-operations-concern

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/mountain-valley-spring-water-names-absopure-a-michigan-distributor-300548017.html

http://www.uppermichiganssource.com/content/news/Crystal-Falls-Springs-brings-home-silver-medal-419203694.html

http://www.cleanwateraction.org/files/DontPrivatizeWaterHiRes.pdf

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