Nestlé wants to keep pumping up to 65 million gallons of water a year from a spring in Colorado. But a group of local residents is fighting back against the greedy corporate giant.
In just 13 days, county officials will hold their first hearing to decide if Nestlé’s permit to keep pumping from Ruby Mountain Springs should be renewed. Locals need your help, to make sure their demands are impossible to ignore.
Ruby Mountain Springs is located in Chaffee County, a mountain community of about 20,000 people who depend on the area’s natural resources for their livelihoods.
In recent years, Colorado has been grappling with extreme chronic drought conditions and relentless, near-record heatwaves. But despite these new and disturbing climate changes, Nestlé wants to continue plundering Ruby Mountain Springs’ water in order to sell it back to consumers for a giant profit.
Now in two short weeks, the county's commissioners will hold two hearings about whether to allow Nestlé to keep doing business as usual and suck up this beloved spring. They’re paying close attention to the public's growing outrage.
SumOfUs members like you have shown that when we come together to take on Nestlé, we win. Together we stood with community activists and helped win a nine-year battle in Cascade Locks, Oregon, killing off Nestlé’s plans to start pumping there.
And when the tiny township of Osceola, Michigan was on the verge of bankruptcy while locked in a legal battle with Nestlé, the SumOfUs community came to their aid and raised over $50,000 to give them a fighting chance.
Add your name to demand local county officials protect Ruby Mountain Springs now!
This fight is not just about Colorado's water. Nestlé announced this summer that it is considering selling all of its water assets in North America. Already, Nestlé has sold all its bottling operations in Canada, and a victory against Nestlé in Colorado could be the last nudge that would kick Nestlé out of the US all together.
The Chaffee County Times. 24 September 2020.
9News. 13 September 2020.