Food & Water Watch Members Help Michigan Citizens Score Victory in Bottled Water Battle Against Nestlé
Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation scored a big victory last Monday, and the support of Food & Water Watch members played a part!
MCWC went to court on Monday, July 6 and prevented Nestlé Waters North America from pumping even more water from an already depleted stream in Mecosta County to bottle for its Ice Mountain brand bottled water.
After nine years of legal battles with corporate giant Nestlé and all its resources, MCWC‚ situation was looking grim. With its mounting legal costs, the group was facing the very real possibility of having to give up. But several hundred Food & Water Watch members pitched in, donating over $7500 in just a few days.
On Monday, MCWC reached a settlement with Nestlé. “Under this modified injunction order, Nestlé cannot pump more water from Dead Stream or Thompson Lake,” Terry Swier, MCWC President, said. “This new order completes one of MCWC‚ goals. Nestle must reduce its pumping earlier in the spring and continue its low pumping rates during the summer months. This will leave more water in the system and should eliminate the more serious impacts to the stream that occur in drier years and summers.”
The money donated by Food & Water Watch members will really help MCWC with the legal fees it racked up during this lengthy fight. We received word from MCWC’s president, emphasizing how important the assistance of our supporters was to their victory and expressing sincere gratitude. Thanks so much to everyone who contributed!
To read more, check out the press release on MCWC‚ site.