As residents suffer mandatory water cuts, water flows freely through a big loophole for beverage bottling facilities.
CBS Sacramento recently broke the news that Walmart sells Sacramento tap water in spite of the severe state of drought in California.
The Guardian adds to the investigation:
"Crystal Geyser, a bottled water company headquartered in San Francisco, announced it is opening a new plant near Mount Shasta, which feeds water into the Sacramento River. The company does not need to obtain a permit to draw the water and there is not a requirement to conduct an environmental impact report."
We've given Walmart kudos for initiatives such as solar power generation installations and fuel efficiency efforts. Call it greenwashing, brand-name protection, or just plain doing the right thing, Walmart is certain to respond to this situation by re-evaluating the impact of their bottled water source.
We suggest CBS Sacramento follow the chain even further upstream: where is the plastic for the bottling coming from? And where is the water used in manufacturing and processing that plastic coming from? Especially when times get tough, we need to look at the decisions we tacitly make in our everyday lifestyle choices. We bet consumers in California will be thinking twice about how their precious water resources are regulated.