Not everybody is concerned about the drought in California, especially not Nestlé. You may know them from their chocolate treats. But you probably didn’t know that they also have seven different brands of bottled water in the U.S. Yep, that’s right—seven:
Most people know that California is going through a drought.
Nestlé has been drilling for water for some time now within the state and ships the water around the country.
The idea of taking water from an area that is in a state of emergency due to a drought seems ridiculous, right? And you’d think the state would jump in and ask Nestlé to stop this, but they can’t!
Who is sucking water out of California without a permit?
This is because Nestlé planned ahead and has one of their bottling plants located on Morongo Native American tribe land, so the state is powerless. Because the land is classed as a sovereign nation, the Morongo Indians do not have any oversight by local water agencies, and don’t have the same reporting requirements as other entities.This all means that while Nestlé is leasing the land from the Morongo Indians, it is under no obligation to follow local rules.
Over the years, the Morongo tribe has clashed with one local water district over the bottling operation, and has tried to fend off a long-running attempt by state officials to revoke a license for a portion of the water rights. Those disputes, however, don’t seem to have put a dent in an operation that brings the Morongo undisclosed amounts of income through an agreement with the largest bottled water company in the United States, wrote The Desert Sun.
At their Los Angeles plant, which is located in the San Bernardino National Forest, their permit to be able to transport water around the country expired in 1988. It seems that Nestlé has simply not bothered to renew the necessary operating permits.
With Nestlé saying its water sourcing methods are sustainable, one will never know just how sustainable it is, as they have not let anybody onto the plant to see the operation. Nestlé’s processing of massive amounts of water in the state while it is in a major drought seems to be more than just stupid.