Do we really need more bottled water from Nestle?
Protect Florida's Ginnie Springs from Nestle's plans.
Florida's Ginnie Springs
Praised for its crystal clear waters and almost unending visibility, Ginnie Springs is a collection of 7 springs, those and the surrounding land has been owned by the Wray family for over 40 years. It is now a privately owned park, much loved by campers and divers.
Since 1998 the Seven Springs Water Co has had a permit to extract up to almost 1.2 million gallons of water a day from the springs to distributed to nearby bottling plants. It is worth noting that they have never come close to the permitted amount, at under 270,000 gallons per day for the past four years. The current permit that they hold is expiring at the end of this year, so Seven Springs will be requesting a 5 year renewal.
Nestle Waters North America is requesting to bottle water from Ginnie Springs in Gilchrist County, Florida using the permit that Seven Springs Water Company is applying for. The permit would allow the company to withdraw as much as 1.152 million gallons of water a day from the springs, which flows into the Santa Fe River, for bottling.
Environmentalists are concerned about the proposal and say that the Santa Fe River is already suffering at the current water removal rate. They believe that allowing that much water a day to be pumped out of the spring is unwise. Many are also concerned that the water is being pumped for use in bottled water, which is promoting the continued use of single-use plastics.
Do Your Part - Sign & Share The Petition
Lindsey Dank has started a petition to Suwanee River Water Management District to protect the vital water source.