While California residents are being treated to $500 fines for using more water than they did last year, the Switzerland-based food corporation Nestle is piping water through a national forest in California and then bottling it using a permit that expired nearly 30 years ago(“U.S. investigates Nestle permit,” April 12).
News of the company’s long-lapsed permit and ongoing bottling operations comes on the heels of Gov. Jerry Brown’s signing of a law that calls for a 25 percent mandatory cut in water use.
Randy Moore, the Forest Service’s regional forester in California, told the Desert Sun newspaper of Palm Springs that it’s the responsibility of the state, not companies like Nestle, to keep track of water use.
So where does the buck stop?