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Nestlé Takes Michigan’s Water for Profit

Jan 9, 2017

Nestlé has water wells in Evart, Michigan in Osceola County. It is pumping 400 gallons per minute of ground water out of Michigan in order to bottle it and sell it for profit.

In the decade from 2005 to 2015, Nestlé has withdrawn an estimated 3.4 billion gallons of water from its well fields in Michigan.

What does Michigan get in return? Nestlé pays $200 to pump approximately 210 million gallons out of the ground. In other words, the state gets one dollar for every million gallons plus.

At the same time, there are water shutoffs in Detroit and totally destroyed water in Flint.

The state of Michigan is giving essentially free water to Nestlé so they can make profit. But, they can’t afford to deliver bottled water to the homes of all the residents in Flint? For starters, let Nestlé provide free bottled water to the residents in Flint!