Sacramento has excess water?

“Excess” tap water in Sacramento, Calif., is helping supply a new Nestlé bottling plant.

The new bottling plant initially will bottle up to 150 acre-feet of water annually, purchased from the city of Sacramento and from nearby private springs.

The bottler signed a 10-year lease with options to extend. That’s another water contract state agencies have signed continuing the process of over-committing water we don’t have.

This may have been a wet year, but has everyone forgotten the past four years of drought or the July 20th State Water Report that says the Delta needs more water flowing through it than is currently allowed due to excess water exports?

If Sacramento has excess water, why do they need four new pumps? The four new Freeport pumps near Sacramento are anticipated to go on-line in 2011. The pumps are a joint project by the Sacramento County Water Agency (SCWA) and the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) of Oakland to supply 85 million gallons of water per day from the Sacramento River to customers in central Sacramento County and the East Bay area of California.

We’re in a state water crisis! We need to be importing bottled water into California from water-rich states. There is no “excess” water here.

2 Responses to “Sacramento has excess water?”

  1. 1 Kris August 16, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    That is the most frightening idea. Nestle has already made devastating impacts on other water rich areas by drawing ground water for bottled water. This would just expedite the collapse of the CA delta. Horrible. This is the first I’ve heard of this. Please spread the word.

  1. 1 Bottled Water and Privatization « Save the California Delta Alliance (STCDA) Trackback on August 16, 2010 at 7:40 pm

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