Consider bottled water, have you ever wondered why you bring yourself to spend two to five dollars on a simple bottle of water? Water is one our earth’s very resources, should it be legal to have to purchase water at all? Wouldn’t you consider water a human right?
According to TIME, Nestle’ makes $2.2 billion a year off of bottled water. This company and many like it are taking groundwater from local communities at little to no cost, and selling it at inflated prices as “purified” water. In the state of Michigan, citizens are protesting the outflow of water. They are claiming that groundwater levels are dangerously dropping and becoming unhealthy. When groundwater begins to drop to an unhealthy level that community must begin rationing out water to some how maintain the levels. This leaves children thirsty and mothers frantically trying to find ways to supply such a necessity to their families. It is not fair that these companies, like Nestle’, are permitted to withdraw 210 million gallons of water a year to sell at a profit that is yet to be figured. In this process, states like Main, California, Michigan, and along with many other countries are running low on basic water supplies.
Peter cook, executive director of NAWC (National Association of Water Companies) says, “Water should be priced at the cost to provide it- and subsidized for those who can’t afford it”. In light of this statement I wonder if water should be allowed to be used as a “money maker” in the first place. TIME states that brands such as Dasani and Aquafina made $1.9 million last year for the two companies. I find it shocking that there are “luxury” brands of water such as, Vanleer and Tennessee sold at an estimated $240.00 a case. Jyoti Thottam, a TIME writer and editor claims, “Water can cost as much as wine”
Seventy years ago the thought of buying water was absurd. Now, according to the NAWC, in the US 33.5 million Americans get their drinking water from privately owned...