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Bottled Water Scarcity: Should California corps stop bottling water?

bottled water scarcityThe water scarcity problem in California has never been more dire, so does it make sense to bottle some of the little water the state has remaining and sell it elsewhere?
 
A group of protesters think shipping away California's dwindling supply is crazy – and their movement is gaining momentum.
 
Back in May, the group picketed in front of the Nestle bottling plant in Los Angeles and the Nestle plant in Sacramento. Both plants bottle water and ship it across the country.
 
For those unfamiliar with the situation on the west coast, California is in the midst of one of the worst droughts in recorded history. California officials are discussing water rationing and are even suggesting that Southern California residents consider tearing up their lawns and replacing them with artificial grass.
 
For their part, the Nestle corporation officials say that “the bottled water industry accounts for 0.02 percent of the annual water used in California.”
 
We're not going to question Nestle's numbers. We will, however, question their rationale. California is preparing to take strong actions to help conserve water, and even if bottled water only accounts for 0.02 percent of California's water use, that's still about 50 million gallons of water that could supply communities in need.
 
In most areas of the country, bottled water is a luxury. The water being “produced” at the Nestle plants and other water bottling plants is often no purer than regular tap water. Maybe it's time for these corporations to follow Starbucks' lead. The coffee giant already announced plans to stop selling California's much needed water – at least for the time being.
 
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