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Nestle pipes water from national forest, sparking protests

USA TODAY NETWORK Corinne S. Kennedy and Ian James, The (Palm Springs, Calif.) Desert Sun April 3, 2017 |

PALM SPRINGS, Calif.— A little after 1 p.m. Sunday, a steady stream of cars pulled off Highway 18 at Lake Gregory Drive. Their occupants exited, darting across the road during traffic breaks and posting up on a dirt lot next to Grotewolds Carpet Station. Others caught rides there after meeting at a high school up the road.

Dressed in bright colors […]

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Who owns the water in Weed, California?

BY LEONIE SHERMAN | APR 1 2017 The Sierra Club

When the citizens of Weed, California turn on their taps, pure gravity-fed spring water flows out. It’s been that way for over a century. But Roseburg Forest Products (RFP) owns the land beneath the springs. If the Oregon-based timber giant has their way, Crystal Geyser will bottle and ship that water as far away as Japan and locals will need to find another source.

Water rights in this picturesque hamlet, […]

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Slovenia adds water to constitution as fundamental right for all

Agence France-Presse in Ljubljana Thursday 17 November 2016 19.17 EST

Parliament adopts amendment that declares country’s abundant clean supplies are ‘a public good managed by the state’ and ‘not a market commodity’

Slovenia has amended its constitution to make access to drinkable water a fundamental right for all citizens and stop it being commercialised.

With 64 votes in favour and none against, the 90-seat parliament added an article to the EU country’s constitution saying “everyone has the right to drinkable […]

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A water transfer approved getting the city of Cascade Locks closer to being able to sell spring water to Nestle

Sara Roth and Pat Dooris, KGW 4:44 PM. PDT November 03, 2016

SALEM, Ore. – A water transfer was approved Friday, getting the city of Cascade Locks closer to being able to sell spring water to Nestle, despite a county vote against the water bottling plant.

At the crux of the city’s plan to sell spring water to Nestle is getting a water swap between the city and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife approved.

Nestle wants spring water, […]

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Get your own water, Oregon timber firm tells California town

By THOMAS FULLER The New York Times WEED, Calif. — The water that gurgles from a spring on the edge of Weed, a Northern California logging town, is so pristine that for more than a century it has been piped directly to the wooden homes spread across hills and gullies.

To the residents of Weed, which sits in the foothills of Mount Shasta, a snow-capped dormant volcano, the spring water is a blessing during a time of severe and prolonged […]

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Maine student rejects scholarship from bottled water company

Despite needing to pay a hefty tuition bill this fall, Hannah Rousey refused to take money from Poland Spring Bottling Co., a subsidiary of Nestlé.

Last month, 17-year-old Hannah Rousey graduated from high school. She was awarded a $1,000 ‘Good Science’ college scholarship, one of three recipients nominated by teachers at the Fryeburg Academy in Fryeburg, Maine. Rousey, however, is making headlines for her refusal to accept. The money comes from the Poland Spring Bottling Company, a subsidiary of Nestlé, […]

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Fryeburg (Maine) water trustees concerned about wells (Poland Spring is a Nestle contract)

By Daymond Steer

FRYEBURG, Maine — Fryeburg Water District Trustees, concerned about the lack of rain this summer, are asking constituents to fill out an online survey about how their wells are performing and also about their satisfaction with the local water company. Meanwhile, the operator of the town’s water works is asking residents to be conservative with their water use.

The trustees form a quasi-municipal board created in the event that stockholders of the private Fryeburg Water Co. want […]

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Waitsburg (WA) Mayor Walt Gobel resigns over Nestle deal

August 2, 2016

Waitsburg, WA

– Mayor Walt Gobel has resigned from his position with the city of Waitsburg effectively immediately, according to a press release he issued via email this afternoon.

Gobel, who has been mayor in Waitsburg since 2010, became the center of controversy following an announcement in July that Nestlé Waters North America is interested in building a water-bottling plant inside the city.

Council members during that meeting expressed their shock and disappointment that Gobel and City […]

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Cascade Locks city council continuing with Nestlé plans despite passage of 14-55

By Patrick Mulvihill Originally published May 25, 2016 at 12:00a.m., updated May 25, 2016 at 12:00a.m. Cascade Locks City Council reaffirmed Monday they won’t back down from the Nestlé deal, despite the passing of a water bottling ban, Measure 14-55, during the primary election last Tuesday.

The measure amends Hood River County’s charter to prohibit large-scale companies like Nestlé Waters North America from producing or transporting water from sources within county borders. It widely passed with 69 percent of the […]

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Water bottling ban passes, legal questions remain

Hood River News

by Patrick Mulvihill

May 20, 2016

Measure 14-55, which blocks large-scale bottling companies like Nestlé from tapping into county water sources, sailed through the May 17 Primary Election with 69 percent of votes.

#“Water Protection Measure” amends the Hood River County charter to prohibit any company from producing or transporting 1,000 or more gallons of bottled water per day. That includes all water labeled and marketed as “water” in plastic and glass bottles, jugs, or similar containers. […]

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