You might expect a city in the desert such as Tucson to have to deal with dirty water out of necessity, but instead it is a city, Flint, Michigan that is surrounded by the Great Lakes, which has:
6 quadrillion gallons of fresh water; one-fifth of the world’s fresh surface water (only the polar ice caps and Lake Baikal in Siberia contain more); 95 percent of the U.S. supply; 84 percent of the surface water supply in North America.
Not only is it evil that Flint is getting contaminated water when it is literally surrounded by the Great Lakes, it is also wrong that Nestle is making profits of this water supply while paying nothing for its 400 gallons per minute usage:
One of the most surprising things about this story is that, in Mecosta County, Nestlé is not required to pay anything to extract the water, besides a small permitting fee to the state and the cost of leases to a private landowner. In fact, the company received $13 million in tax breaks from the state to locate the plant in Michigan.
Meanwhile citizens of Flint are paying the highest prices in the nation for the poison that is coming out of their taps.
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Not only did Flint residents drink tap water contaminated with lead and other chemicals throughout 2015, but they were also paying the highest prices in the country to keep that poisoned water flowing through their pipes.
That’s how much they are paying for the dirty water. If they want clean water, guess which bottled water is being supplied to them? From Nestle…
Today’s Democracy Now! is devoted to the Flint Water Crisis — “Thirsty for Democracy: The Poisoning of an American City” — and it is not to be missed. Watch/Listen while you work today.