Water Bottlers Criticized for Selling California’s Scarce Water

Water Bottlers Criticized for Selling California's Scarce Water (Image 1)
Water Bottlers Criticized for Selling California's Scarce Water (Image 1)

Tonight, while Texas is dealing with record rainfall, California is still facing one of the most severe droughts on record. 

Residents have been asked to cut back on water anyway that they can…  take shorter showers… don’t fill up the pool this summer…  paint your yard green. 

So if the water is so scarce, then why does Walmart bottle its Great Value brand bottles and jugs in parched Sacramento? 

It’s a question that many want answered. 

According to CBS news, for every $1 of city water sold to the company at a rate of 99 cents for every 748 gallons, Walmart and its bottler make an astonishing $658. 

But Walmart isn’t alone.  There’s also Aquafina, Crystal Geyser, Arrowhead and Dasani.  They all draw water supplies in drought-stricken California. 

It’s a fact that has been in plain sight all along.  The label on Great Value bottles clearly states its source. 

Now CBS broke this story last week.  I did some research tonight, and I wasn’t able to find any response from Walmart. 

For now, many say the company should act quickly and follow in the footsteps of Starbucks, which announced it would move its Ethos water bottling source from California to Pennsylvania immediately.  (This only after the company’s practices were widely reported.)

I personally try to avoid buying bottled water.  But when I purchase the occasional one, I know I will look at the label first.

(sources:  CBS, NPR, State of California)

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