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Fri Nov 8, 2019, 09:24 AM

The water is already low at a Florida freshwater spring - but Nestle wants more

In Florida, Nestlé is taking heat from environmental groups and others concerned about the future of one of the state's most endangered natural resources — its freshwater springs. Florida has more than a thousand freshwater springs, which provide drinking water, important natural habitat and places for recreation.

Nestlé wants to begin taking more than a million gallons of water each day from Ginnie Springs, a popular destination in north Florida for swimming, canoeing and tubing.

Nestlé and many other companies have bottled and sold Florida spring water for decades. For the past 20 years, Seven Springs, the company that owns the land around Ginnie Springs, has had a permit allowing it to take nearly 1.2 million gallons a day from its wells.

During that time, working with other water bottlers, the company never withdrew more than a quarter of that.

Nestlé now wants to increase the daily withdrawal to the full amount, a request that has set off alarm bells among environmental groups.

At: https://www.npr.org/2019/11/08/776776312/the-water-is-already-low-at-a-florida-freshwater-spring-but-nestl-wants-more

Vacationers enjoy the Santa Fe River near High Springs, Florida - a river sourced from Ginnie Springs.

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