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Nestle Bottling Plant in Michigan to Aid in Flint Water Crisis

From 2016 – Calls for Nestle to Help With Flint Water Crisis. Calls are continuing requesting that Michigan Governor Rick Snyder take over operations at the Nestle Bottling Plant in Mecosta County, Michigan, to bring clean, lead-free drinking water to Flint. Currently, neither the State of Michigan nor the Federal government has begun operations on the water system to bring Flint residents to clean water despite being a declared State of Emergency.

Nestle Sucks Michigan Water to Sell For Practically Nothing

Nestlé came to Michigan with plans to pump 720,000 gallons per day of spring water from a private hunting preserve, pipe it to its plant, bottle it, and ship it out of the Great Lakes Basin. Nestle does not pay a dime to the citizens of the State of Michigan for this natural resource nor offer any attempt to restore lost water to the Great Lakes. Nestlé’s pumping has lowered streams, two lakes, and adjacent wetlands. Nestlé continues to pump at high rates during periods of lower rainfall and recharge.

American Red Cross in Flint, Michigan

The Flint Water Crisis Continued

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) – the same regulator which permitted Flint’s water to be contaminated and allowed ongoing damaging water extraction by Nestle – recently permitted yet another Nestle extraction well, and this despite flawed data.

As the crisis in Flint worsens, Matt Zandstra, a father from Wyoming, Michigan resident, is partnering with SumOfUs, a global consumer group, to call out Governor Snyder for his close ties to Nestlé. Nestle currently takes water from Michigan’s aquifers at 218 gallons per minute. The petition draws attention to the fact that Flint’s poor and black residents do not have access to safe drinking water, while at the same time, Nestlé is the largest owner of private water sources in the state.

Over the past three months, ongoing global news coverage highlighted by MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow’s series of reports on the  Flint Water Crisis has brought global attention to the crisis in Michigan and the failure of emergency managers in Michigan.

Update New Owner Won’t Increase Water Volume

The new owner of the former Nestle bottling plant operation in western Michigan said it won’t use a state permit that would allow it to significantly boost water withdrawals.

The previous owner, Nestle, of the Ice Mountain plant had received state approval to pump 400 gallons a minute from a well near Evart in Osceola County, a 60% increase. BlueTriton Brands recently indicated to state regulators that it would tap at 288 gallons a minute. This would avoid some regulatory oversite of the operation.

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Michael Hardy

Mike Hardy is the owner of Thumbwind Publications LLC. It started in 2009 as a fun-loving site covering Michigan's Upper Thumb. Since then, he has authored a vast range of content and established a loyal base of 60,000 visitors per month.

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