california drought

The city of Sacramento, in their fourth year of severe drought, continues to allow the Nestle water bottling plant to draw unlimited (estimated at up to 80 million gallons a year) from local aquifers. Meanwhile according to IndyMedia reporter Dan Bacher (Nestle Continues Stealing World’s Water During Drought), Sacramento residents have been slapped with drastic water restrictions.

On March 12, Jay Farniglietti, senior water scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion laboratory/Caltech, wrote in the LA Times that California has only one year of water left in its reservoirs – while the state’s backup supply, their groundwater aquifers are rapidly depleting.

The city charges Nestle the residential rate, 65 cents, for each 470 gallons it takes. The company then rakes in record profits by selling the water back to Sacramento residents for close to five dollars a gallon.

Under brand names such as Perrier and San Pellegrino, Nestle is currently the world’s largest bottled water supplier. They are notorious for denying that water is a human right at the 2000 World Water Forum

The Crunch Nestle Alliance, a coalition of environmentalists, Native Americans and other activists, is demanding that the city charge Nestle commercial rates for their water or tax their profits. Or better still that Nestle voluntarily shut down their Sacramento bottling plant.

Bacher’s article also notes that Governor Jerry Brown seeks to further limit Sacramentans access to water by fast tracking his Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP). This would involve construction of peripheral tunnels to ship Sacramento River water to corporate agrobusiness, Southern California water agencies and oil companies that require massive amounts of water for fracking operations. If it goes forward, the BDCP would force vast tracts of Sacramento Delta farmland out of production for the benefit San Joaquin Valley factory farms and the fracking industry.

In the video below Nestle’s CEO Peter Brabeck explains why he believes water should be privatized – after forcefully arguing for Europe to remove their ban on genetically modified foods.

The Crunch Nestle Alliance, which doesn’t have a website, can be contacted through Andy Conn at

photo credit: CalPERS and the Drought via photopin (license)

  1. migarium says:

    This is not the first nonsense of Nestle CEO. You remember what he said before:

    • Great image, migarium. Older activists like me will remember Nestle’s scandalous campaign to get third world mothers to use their infant formula rather than breastfeeding.

      • migarium says:

        Wow, I didn’t know that, stuartbramhall. This is colonists mentality. However, despite all these, still buying Nestle products means clearly “to invite to exploitation”
        Only solution is all men/women (and extraterrestrials like me:) have to be united against them on this planet.

  2. Clairsentient1 says:

    Reblogged this on Clairsentient1.

  3. Clairsentient1 says:

    Er ist delusional

  4. gerry campeau says:

    good artical on California dire straits water politics

    • Excellent article, Gerry about all the wasted in fracking and factory farms that rely on flood irrigation – rather than more efficient drip irrigation. It’s sad to read how many small towns and farmers are already suffering from water shortages.

  5. Elvis Presley used to take a pistol and shoot television sets for fun. One could guess that those who watched Nestle CEO Peter Brabeck inthis video had similar thoughts to shoot their computer screen, or reach into it so as to strangle this disgrace to the human race. He calls “human beings’ right to water” the “extreme position”. This man is a fascist of the highest degree.

  6. lazycat1984 says:

    Reblogged this on lazycat1984 and commented:
    Privatizing stuff like water is just a way of exerting political control over populations.

  7. sojourner says:

    It figures! Over the last few years I have read that Nestles is one of the corporations most heavily invested in the NWO, etc.

    I do not do business with Nestles and many other corporations. If I’m not mistaken, Nestles is one of the corps that support Israel’s aggression and genocide against the Palestinians, along with Starbucks, Pepsico and others?

  8. sojourner says:

    Well they already have my support!

  9. When I first saw the video of Peter Brabeck-Letmathe when he expressed the sociopathic opinion that water is not a right, but rather a commodity to be exploited, I was shocked. It surprised me that someone could actually state something so extreme in public. He is truly sick and out of touch with his humanity.

    Thanks for a great post.

    • Apparently this is a typical historical pattern. When the ruling elite are allowed to accumulate massive wealth and power, they always lose touch with their humanity.

  10. tubularsock says:

    It’s funny how regular people believe that things like air and water is like something that just belongs to everyone. Silly people.

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