*UPDATE October 2017*
Thank you. In part because of the incredible support from SumOfUs members like you, water defenders from New Zealand’s Waikato region protected our world's most precious resource from being sucked up by a giant water bottling corporation.
That’s amazing! Here’s how you helped make it happen:
70,000 SumOfUs members like you in Australia and New Zealand demanded that NZ Pure Blue drop its plan to drain a UNESCO World Heritage Site to build ‘the largest production bottling plant in the southern hemisphere’.
Thousands of you chipped in to buy ads that spread the word about our Pure Blue’s proposals to drain 6.9 million litres a day from Putaruru's Blue Spring in the Waihou River.
And we won. A big thank you to all those who worked on this important campaign. You’re leading the charge to make sure our public resources stay public and out of the hand of money-grabbing corporations.
The same water bottling company that tried to suck Canterbury Plains dry before SumOfUs members stopped it now wants to build ‘the largest production bottling plant in the southern hemisphere’ in Waikato.
This monstrosity will drain Putaruru's Blue Spring in the Waihou River of a staggering 6.9 million litres a day—more than a billion litres more per year than the Ashburton deal we came together and squashed.
Every drop of this pure, artesian water will be exported for at least 15 years if NZ Pure Blue has its way. Our most precious resource bottled, processed and shipped overseas all in the name of corporate profit.
There’s. No. Way. Tell the Waikato Regional Council to protect Putaruru's precious Blue Spring.
We don’t even know how much NZ Pure Blue will pay for some of the purest water in the world—but we do know it won’t be anything close to what it’s worth. There aren’t even royalty laws like there are for oil and gas—even gravel—even though water is our most precious and valuable resource.
What we do know is that we can stop it. When NZ Pure Blue tried to drain the drought-prone Canterbury Plains for corporate profit, tens of thousands of NZ SumOfUs members stood up and said no. And we killed it. Now NZ Pure Blue thinks it can just move house and try again. We stopped it in Ashburton, we can stop it in Waikato too.
Join us and tell the Waikato Regional Council to reject NZ Pure Blue’s application to suck the Waihou River dry.
The Guardian. 27 March 2017.
NZ Herald. 27 June 2017.