If you’ve been alive the past 20 years, you know that drinking water has slowly turned into a commodity, rather than a liquid that flows freely from a tap or fountain. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, “Sales [of bottled water] have tripled in the past 10 years, to about $4 billion a year.” Americans spend “from 240 to over 10,000 times more per gallon for bottled water than they typically do for tap water,” the NRDC says, and bottled water is no safer or cleaner than tap water. In fact, “one brand of “spring water” whose label pictured a lake and mountains, actually came from a well in an industrial facility’s parking lot, near a hazardous waste dump, and periodically was contaminated with industrial chemicals at levels above FDA standards.” Furthermore, “about one fourth of bottled water is bottled tap water (and by some accounts, as much as 40 percent is derived from tap water) — sometimes with additional treatment, sometimes not.”
And yet, corporations like Nestle have made fortunes selling us the very water that comes out of our kitchen sinks. Nestle’s CEO sees so much money-making potential in selling water, he actually believes the world’s water resources should be privatized for profit. Nestle CEO Peter Brabeck goes on at length in this documentary interview about precisely why he feels water – like every other “foodstuff” – should have a market value, and how his main social responsibility as a CEO is not to provide water to those who need it, but to provide jobs. (Presumably so that everyone can afford to buy water.)
Nestle is already selling tons and tons of water products, and not just the few you’d expect. They’re the world’s largest producer of bottled water, and the company behind all of the following water products. You might want to consider boycotting these (and other Nestle products) to drive the point home that access to clean water should be a basic human right.
For the complete list of Nestle water products and more on Brabeck’s comments, visit undergroundhealth.com.