Water Scarcity in Michigan Essay example

688 WordsJun 8, 20143 Pages
“Nestle in Michigan” is a video clip on YouTube about the Nestle corporations bottled water plants with a primary focus being on the plant located in Stanwood, Michigan (Menzies, 2010). Nestle has a 99 year lease on property that only cost them $63,000, “they received $10 million in tax abatements”, and they are pumping water at a rate of 218 gallons per minute (down from the original 450 gallons per minute) (Menzies, 2010). In other words, Nestle is pumping dangerously large amounts of water that is free to them as property owners, selling it for a profit, and not being subjected to the same tax as other land owners. House Bill 6443 was introduced in 2010 to keep well water withdrawal from being taxed, but “instead, an owner would have…show more content…
It is now an issue that will have them both wasting time and money on investigations, lawyers, and other court fees while in and out of court. Once one case is won a precedent is set that opens the door for all kinds of neighbor vs. neighbor and who is entitled to the water. Environmental Attorney Jim Olson said, “Water is a transient gift on earth for life” (Menzies, 2010). To me this means water was provided to us by God as a means of survival and ongoing life. Water belongs to no one person yet all of us at the same time. A better solution than House Bill 6443 would be a bill that instead imposes a high tax on the withdrawal of water for commercial use. Honestly I can’t believe there is no such law. Government should play a larger role in the preservation of our natural resources; however it is ultimately up to us as individuals to be conscious consumers. Without consumers there are no markets. I found this video to be quite disturbing. I have always felt bottled water was a waste but never realized to what extent. This video is another affirmation of what a waste of money and gross, unnecessary, waste of natural resource bottled water is. Before anyone ever sold bottled water, the market for it did not exist; there was no demand for bottled water. People carried it with them, found an alternate source, or went without. I too have purchased
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