(Nov 24, 2016) Nestle Pays Only $524 to Extract 27,000,000 Gallons of California Drinking Water
Nestle has found itself more and more frequently in the glare of the California drought-shame spotlight than it would arguably care to be though not frequently enough, apparently, for the megacorporation to have spontaneously sprouted a conscience.
Drought-shaming worked sufficiently enough for Starbucks to stop bottling water in the now-arid state entirely, uprooting its operations all the way to Pennsylvania.
But Nestle simply shrugged off public outrage and then upped the ante by increasing its draw from natural springs most notoriously in the San Bernardino National Forest with an absurdly expired permit.
Because profit, of course. Or, perhaps more befittingly, theft. But you get the idea.
Nestle has somehow managed the most sweetheart of deals for its Arrowhead 100% Mountain Spring Water, which is ostensibly sourced from Arrowhead Springs and which also happens to be located on public land in a national forest.