Nestlé Plan To Take Water From Florida Natural Springs Sparks Outcry

"Opponents fighting to stop the project say the fragile river cannot sustain such a large draw".

"The crystal blue waters of Ginnie Springs have long been treasured among the string of pearls that line Florida’s picturesque Santa Fe River, a playground for water sports enthusiasts and an ecologically critical haven for the numerous species of turtles that nest on its banks.

Soon, however, it is feared there could be substantially less water flowing through, if a plan by the food and beverage giant Nestlé wins approval.

In a controversial move that has outraged environmentalists and also raised questions with authorities responsible for the health and vitality of the river, the company is seeking permission to take more than 1.1m gallons a day from the natural springs to sell back to the public as bottled water."

Richard Luscombe reports for the Guardian August 26, 2019.

Source: Guardian, 08/28/2019