It’s been a record breaking drought in California, with little on the dusty horizons to suggest a break in it. Yet, in Sacramento, the Nestlé corporation continues to drain the aquifers, taking a suggested 80 million gallons of water a year to re-bottle and sell back to the American people. It’s become a target of environmental groups, and all concerned, with a conference taking place late last fortnight at the Sacramento City Hall. 
It was a discussion to address a protest taking place on the 20th to shut down the Nestlé facility, with a call on them to pay rates, for which they had been made exempt by the City Hall, or voluntarily close down. It was a protest for the people who have had severe restrictions imposed on their water usage, while the facility is able to use vast amounts of water without any penalization.
The “White Paper,” which helped spur on the accountability of Nestlé, was released by the coalition of activists, highlighting the disastrous environmental impact of the company’s actions, while yielding massive profits at the expense of Citizen Joe. Currently the leading supplier of bottled water, Nestlé also comes under several other brands of water, including San Pellegrino and Perrier.
The water in California is fast running dry. The $1 billion Emergency Drought Package just signed by Governor Brown this week in Sacramento suggests the urgency of the matter.  “This funding is just one piece of a much larger effort to help those most impacted by the drought and prepare the state for an uncertain future,” says Governor Brown, in his address on the funding. The announcement adds to the bans of water usage by restaurants, bars and the general population, filtering down to hotels asking clients if their linen needs to be washed, but there is no mention of large facilities being affected by such proposals. Unfortunately, all the money in the world can’t recreate the water lost.
It’s been argued that the big spend is focusing on the “wrong solutions.” , helping with the increasing pressure from groups on the big businesses to stop taking water during the drought. It is in fact a controversial move to add more burden to those responsible for using only 15% of the water reserves, opposed to the 80% by big corps.
Reportedly, Governor Brown has been rumored to have received an estimated $2 million for passing a favorable law for the fossil fuel industry, with some of his financial contributors including Chevron and Occidental Petroleum. 
Though protesters tried to stop the theft of water by Nestle, the company continues to operate uninterrupted, and seemingly with the full support of the Governor.
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