The authorities have allowed one million cubic meters per year!!! Nestlé pumps this amount of water out of the ground in Vittel every year – and slowly but surely dries up the small community in eastern France.
The groundwater level cannot regenerate and drops dramatically by 30 centimeters every year. Once it was 10 meters higher than it is today.
The villagers are running out of drinking water.
At the public fountain they are allowed to fill “a maximum of 6 bottles per day”, and in summer the water is even brought into the village by tanker. Now a 12-kilometer pipeline is planned – for up to 50 million euros in tax money.
Nestlé fills the groundwater in bottles and earns hundreds of millions of euros with it.
The trade-in water is far more than a local problem: A large part of the mineral water is filled in plastic bottles, the production of which devours resources, which of course also applies to returnable bottles.
The bottles are then brought to the customer over long distances.
From Vittel to Sassnitz: 1,141 kilometers, from Vittel to Berchtesgaden: 701 kilometers.
The dimensions are more extreme in Canada, for example.
It is 3,147 kilometers from Nestlé’s Aberfoyle filling station to St. John’s.
Other popular types of water are still transported further.
So water from the Fijis itself can be had in Berlin!!!
But the residents do not give up without a fight: Vittel’s residents have come together as “Collectif Eau 88” to stand up to the large corporation. And you asked the “SumOfUs” community for help in their fight against Nestlé.
Nestlé even admits to being the cause of the water problem – but instead of pumping out less water, the residents of Vittel are asked to save water.
All over the world, corporations like Nestlé are trying to privatize water, a precious and vital commons. While they make billions, the costs are passed on to the general public and people suffer from water shortages.
We oppose this as SumOfUs.
As a global community, fantastic members like you are on hand to stop corporate water theft – most recently in Canada, California, and Australia. Let us also support the people in Vittel today.
Please support the local people now and urge Nestlé not to continue to dehydrate Vittel’s groundwater!
And I mean…Nestlé has bought water rights around the world, even in very arid regions. Nestlé Waters invests in Nigeria and Ethiopia. So Nestlé robs these people of their livelihoods, not only in their daily business but also when there is far too little available anyway.
The Swiss group generates more than seven billion euros in sales annually in the water business.
The principle is very simple: They sell bottled table water. That’s tap water in plastic bottles. This is pumped out directly from the groundwater.
To sell water, you have to own it first.
In large parts of the USA, for example, the most important sales market for Nestlé’s water division, the “right of the most powerful pump” applies: Anyone who owns or has leased land can pump as much water as he wants on his property – regardless of his neighbors.
If a country wants loans from the World Bank, one of the conditions is water privatization.
Bolivia, for example, known for the “water war”, had to experience that one of the conditions for new loans from the World Bank was the privatization of water.
They are structures that one would only expect from the mafia.
We used to think that the falling groundwater level was only a sad reality in Pakistan, today it is in Vitel and tomorrow could soon also threaten Germany if Nestlé succeeds putting its plans for the European market into practice.
In fact, Nestlé should already have been tried in the International Court of Justice in Den Haag.
My best regards to all, Venus