Nestle Plans On Extracting 1.1 Million Gallons Of Water Everyday From Florida Natural Springs

the truth must be told eraoflightdotcomGinnie Springs, with its crystal blue waters is a hidden treasure found along the Santa Fe River in Florida. Known popularly among water sports enthusiasts, it is also a haven that houses different species of turtles which nest on its banks. This picturesque serenity is soon to change if the giant food and beverage magnate, Nestlé wins their approval of being able to get tons of water from the springs.

This controversial move of the worldwide company has outraged locals and environmentalists alike, when they found out that Nestlé has asked for permission to get 1.1 million gallons of water on a daily basis from the natural springs and sell it to the public as bottled water.

People are fighting this with reasons of it being environmentally harmful and against the interest of the public. At present, they say that the river is already fragile and is now officially deemed as “in recovery” by the Suwannee River Water Management District after a number of years wherein over pumping occurred, therefore it won’t be able to sustain another over pump – although this claim has been denied by Nestlé.

This is not the first time this company has done something like this. Nestlé also makes their Pure Life and Zephyrhills products by extracting water from other natural springs within Florida, and has invested millions of dollars in the upgrade and purchase of their water bottling plant in High Springs, with the hope of being granted the permission. Back in 2017, the California State Water Resources Control Board started an investigation on the company regarding a water diversion “without a valid basis of right” from Strawberry Canyon in San Bernardino national forest for their other brand, Arrowhead.

For the next step to work, the company is waiting for Suwannee River Water Management District to renew the now expired water permit that was once being used by a local company called Seven Springs, in order for them to purchase the water for a certain cost. Nestlé has claimed that spring water is a renewable source at a rapid rate, and promised a “robust” management plan that will be upheld in a partnership with their local agents to achieve a long-term sustainability of the water sources.

The company is finding difficulty in getting approval because their permit is requesting 400% more water extraction daily, as compared to that of Seven Springs’ previously recorded highest extraction of only 0.26 million gallons in one day.

The natural resources manager of Nestlé Waters in North America, George Ring, wrote a letter to the Suwannee district engineers saying:

“The facility is in process of adding bottling capacity and expects significant increase in production volumes equal to the requested annual average daily withdrawal volume of approximately 1.152m gallons.”

Campaigners that are against this plan have set in place a petition and online forum with letters of opposition. They have said that with the basis of environmental grounds alone, it should already be able to reject the request.

“The question is how much harm is it going to cause the spring, what kind of change is going to be made in that water system?” Director of Our Santa Fe River, Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson said.

“The Santa Fe River is already in decline [and] there’s not enough water coming out of the aquifer itself to recharge these lovely, amazing springs that are iconic and culturally valued and important for natural systems and habitats. It’s impossible to withdraw millions of gallons of water and not have an impact. If you take any amount of water out of a glass you will always have less.”

She also added that the Santa Fe River and all the spring habitats surrounding it is home to 16 turtle species that are reliant on the flow of water and its river levels.

“Few places on Earth have as many turtle species living together and about a quarter of all North American freshwater turtle species inhabit this small river system. A big threat to this diversity is habitat degradation, which will happen with reduced flows.”

Nestlé, which employs 800 people in Florida alone, came out with a written statement to address all misconceptions the public has about their plans.

“We adhere to all relevant regulatory and state standards. Just like all the previous owners of the High Springs factory which manufactured bottled water and other beverages, we are not taking water from a publicly owned source. Instead we are buying water from a private company which holds the valid water use permit,” spokesperson Adam Gaber said, adding that Nestlé’s water use “will always remain strictly within the limit set by the permit.”

He said that Nestlé was also a responsible steward of the environment. “Our business depends on the quality and sustainability of the water we are collecting. It would make no sense to invest millions of dollars into local operations just to deplete the natural resources on which our business relies. It would undermine the success of our business and go against every value we hold as people and as a company.”

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3 Replies to “Nestle Plans On Extracting 1.1 Million Gallons Of Water Everyday From Florida Natural Springs”

  1. Cheri

    Argh! And it is stored in all those plastic bottles we all use which is unfortunately based on necessity for now. The powers that were controlled the water flow in the US through over regulation and government domain which the corporations exploited and lobbied our corrupt politicians for access. In California they tax the heck out of our water and were redirecting the flow from the mountains out into the ocean rather than allow free access to the farmers across the central valley. All in the name of protecting the smelt. The truth is the smelt were not thriving and neither were we! It’s a corrupt scam as our tax dollars were going to the politicians and corporations rather than enhancing and upgrading our infrastructure so the clear waters flow freely from our vast mountains ranges.

    I know Trump is bringing an end to these ridiculous scams that create lack. Since our congress is corrupt as heck he has to do everything through executive order. Florida has a great Governor unlike California. They are working on the problems with Lake Okeechobee in Florida as well. The water control was their dirty little secret to siphon off wealth! The same with limiting our own oil production to foster endless wars in the middle east!

    Let’s envision ample flow of water across America. Once the technology of desalination is released we will know no lack. Soon our government structures will work for the people and the environment once again as consciousness returns to the planet. This is the only way to end corruption. We have the power for what products we consume!

    Just don’t go into anger or victimhood or allow them to manipulate our emotions with fear for the environment. We are in a huge creation spiral not destruction any longer. Our consciousness is 10 times more powerful than any destruction they can do. The water is the main flow of energy on this planet and NOW WE CONTROL it energetically! Send those beautiful turtles love and appreciation not fear of destruction. See that they are thriving, not disappearing! Everything thrives in the new energetic structure. That is our power! Those are the old mind games they used to play with us to get us to manipulate our emotions to buy into extinction and thereby creating it!

    Love you my fellow lightwarriors! God bless us for caring but know in your hearts that all is incredibly well as we hold the frequencies for the new earth! 😘

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  2. Star

    Nestle…Shame on you, you Cabal run company who cares little for environment. All you care about is filling your pockets with money. Shame on you.
    I pray that such a thing will not go through and that the springs will be protected. Thanks for sharing this article.

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