Here more links to recent articles in the California, national and international press about this controversy:
KRCR Redding May 15, 2015 = “Bottled Water Battle…the county does not require the company to do an environmental impact study, plus they won’t have to follow state-mandated cuts”.
Action News Chico May 14, 2015 – “Residents Upset Over Water Bottling Plant”
NPR (National Public Radio) May 14, 2015 – “Companies like Nestle are being eyed for how and where they’re drawing the water.”
Los Angeles Times May 9,2015 – “…opposition has intensified in the fourth year of record-breaking drought that has shrunk the snowpack and strained the city’s water system.”
San Francisco Chronicle May 10, 2015 – “The move has infuriated environmentalists, American Indian tribes and many of the 3,394 residents of the city of Mount Shasta, who can hardly believe that a company is being allowed to bottle the same water that the rest of the state is under orders to conserve.”
Associated Press (KABC Los Angeles) May 11, 2015- “Grass-roots objections to bottled water companies tapping and selling groundwater are increasing as California’s drought moves deeper into its fourth year. Bottled-water companies tapping into groundwater on their own property are exempted from the 25-percent mandatory water cutbacks that Gov. Jerry Brown ordered for cities and towns earlier this spring.”
CBS News (KPIX San Francisco) May 4, 2015- “…the snowpack that supplies that water is only at 8 percent of normal for the season.”
The Desert Sun (Palm Springs) March 16,2015 – “A section of the county’s groundwater ordinance dating to 1998 requires a permit for the extraction of groundwater to be used outside the area, but there is an exemption for bottled water. The city of Mount Shasta’s regulations include a similar exemption.”
Also see the March 8, 2015 story “Bottling Water Without Scrutiny – Companies Tapping Springs and Aquifers in California with Little Oversight”
Capital & Main (Washington, DC) May 11, 2015 – “To many Californians, the idea of erecting a new facility to export groundwater out of state during a drought may seem beyond paradoxical.”
The Guardian, UK – “Walmart’s bottled water comes from the Sacramento municipal water supply.”
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