The dark secrets of Nestlé’s water bottling factories.
Nestlé water bottling factory reveals how much they make for water they get for free.
The company have been criticized over their bottling practices, and for a number of scandals that have haunted them in recent years.
In 2015 it was revealed that they extracted 36 millions gallons of water from a natural spring in California, leaving the area in drought. They then sold the bottled water back to the locals at an inflated rate.
Nestle are the world’s biggest bottled water producers, and at one bottling facility in Mecosta County, Mich the size of their program has been revealed.
Bloomberg report how at the facility, water taken from a nearby source is bottled into various sized containers at a rate of 500 to 1,200 bottles per minute.
The factory takes around 60% of the water from the local Mecosta springs, where it travels down a 12 mile pipeline and into the plastic bottles.
This factory is only one of around 100 other similar factories the company own in 34 different countries.
Plant manager Dave Sommer says:
“Daily, we’re looking at 3.5 million bottles potentially,”
“We want more people to drink water, keep hydrated,”
“It would be nice if it were my water, but we just want them to drink water.”
Nestle have capitalized on the fact that tap water in the U.S isn’t what it used to be.
Bloomberg report that around 77 million Americans are served by water sources that do not meet the criteria which would deem them ‘safe’, people are forced to turn to bottled water.
While the premise behind Nestle’s quest to give everyone clean, drinkable water is a wholesome one, it comes at a price.
In tapping natural water sources they are preventing people from accessing the water for free, instead they have to pay the price that Nestle sets, and some people simply can’t afford to.
Nestle say that their water practices are ethical and are doing no harm whatsoever to the environment.
Nestle manager Arlene Anderson-Vincent says:
“The water here is constantly being replenished, much more quickly than we can pump,”
As Nestle’s profits continue to rise, the moral question is whether or not the multinational company should be allowed to drain the resources of the earth in such large amounts.
They seem to have been able to easily profit from the national water crises, as the government continues to ignore the need for clean, safe drinking water.