Water is treated by many as a commodity and it has an enormous return. The $10 that it costs to fill a tank of spring water turns into a $50.000 profit and to pump a million liters out of the ground Nestlé only pays $3.71 to Ontario.

According to the council of Canadian's water sells for $ 2 million. That is how much money can be made with just a million liters as Nestlé extracts many millions of liters a day and at least 20 million liters in Canada alone.

Californians were ordered to cut their water usage

When an historic drought in the state of California occurred, nestle extracted 108 million liters of water from a national forest in Sacramento to sell back as Bottled Water to the public.

When news of one expired permit came out everyone questioned how Nestlé was still taking water from Strawberry creek forest. Hydrologist, Robert Taylor commented “we have a lot of expired permits, we get directions from the regional office and the Washington office on how to handle our level of permits, I have 6600 acres in the national forest to work on and I’m just one guy, when it becomes a priority I’ll deal with it.” – Interview with The Desert Sun.

Water isn’t precious

From the way water rights are being sold to Nestlé it seems governments and institutions are not giving it its rightful value and situations resembling the Californian crises happened in Canada and Oregon. Peter Brabeck, chairman and former CEO of Nestlé does not think of water in this way.

He clearly gives it much importance and mentioned several times “I have often wondered what is the most important single factor that could ensure a company continuing for another 140 years? And I always come to the same conclusion – water.” – "in "Bottled Life" documentary

But America and Canada are not the only countries that are being deprived of water.

In Pakistan it’s not spring water that is being taken, but rather the local water deposits. Because Pakistan local water supply is close to collapse bottled water presents a safe and healthy alternative.

Nestlé’s fear of scrutiny

Nestlé does not like to talk about its billion dollar business. However, Nestlé is involved in offering relief efforts where water is concerned and developing efforts to make countries understand water shortage is a very real issue.

On Nestlé’s Website, we can see how Nestlé mentions giving access to this resource specifically in Pakistan and the company's objectives. Nestlé is actively supporting the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) in achieving 50 signatures in the WASH pledge.

Still, many consider privatization solely a problem and efforts to regulate this resource need to continue.

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