We reported a few weeks ago that water bottling giant Nestle plants to build a water bottling plant in Sacramento by the end of this year. While building another water bottling plant seems like a waste of space and resources, after attending an initial community meeting we find out that the project is even more wicked than initially assumed. This week you can support efforts to wrestle Nestle out of Sacramento by heading to the Crest Theater to see Tapped.Tapped is the new film about bottled water and the toll it's taking on local communities as well as on the landscape of the Pacific Ocean, as plastic continues to take over. The film is directed by Stephanie Soechtig and brought to you by the same people who made "Who Killed the Electric Car?" and "I.O.U.S.A." In it, the film looks at BPA, farming and water, water filters and of course, bottled water.
At a community meeting the other night, the discussion about the new bottling plant was enough to make anyone's stomach turn. Nestle gets unlimited access to municipal water supplies to fill as many bottles as it can put out. This is the same municipal water supply that is under severe restrictions for all residents in the area. Nestle and Mayor Johnson of Sacramento both say that the facility will create local jobs, but when Nestle wanted to build a plant just down the road they estimated only 40 jobs would be created and the majority of those would be trucking jobs for delivering bottles. These trucking jobs would be subcontracted out, thus dimming the likelihood that those jobs would be given to the local community; Sacramento will probably undergo a similar fate.
If you want to find out more about Nestle's plans for Sacramento, or if you just need a mid-week movie distration, come support the folks at Save Our Water Sacramento this Wednesday. Tapped will premiere on October 21 and there will be two showtimes, at 5:30 and 8pm. :Tapped
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