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20th March 2017
EDITOR
We have an exciting update to share with you.

Together with more than 375,000 SumOfUs members and our friends at Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation, we’re going to hold back Nestlé's plan to suck up millions of gallons of groundwater.

The Michigan water authorities just scheduled a public hearing on Nestlé’s proposal in Osceola county and asked the bottled water giant to submit a rigorous environmental review.

This hard-fought step forward is another reminder that as hard as Nestlé tries to bully local communities, it’s no match for us when we stand together.

Michigan isn't the only place we've held Nestlé back -together with the tireless work of grassroots groups, we’ve stopped plans to plunder water sources for private profit in Ontario, Canada, Hood River, Oregon and British Columbia, Canada.

Now we need to turn our attention back to British Columbia.

Last year, after 225,000 people spoke out, the B.C. Premier agreed to review water rates for industrial users. Right now, companies like Nestlé pay just $2.25 to take a million litres of groundwater and they're allowed to withdraw unlimited amounts of precious water to sell at a huge profit.

A year later and Premier Clark is quietly backing away from her promises.

With less than two months until the next B.C. election, she's already under intense scrutiny -- let's turn up the pressure and force her to keep her word. Can you share this campaign with your friends?

Together we're holding back Nestlé's water grab in Michigan.

Now it's time to turn our attention to Canada, where the B.C. government is backing away from a promise to review water rates. Tell the B.C. Premier to protect groundwater now!

Thanks for standing together to protect precious fresh water,

Angus, Liz and the SumOfUs team

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More information:
Activists deliver 345,000-signature petition against Nestlé to Capitol, Detroit Metro Times, 28 Feb 2017
http://www.metrotimes.com/news-hits/archives/2017/02/28/activists-deliver-345000-signature-petition-against-nestle-to-capitol

B.C. to review rates charged to bottled water companies after Nestlé backlash, Vancouver Sun, 14 July, 2015
http://www.vancouversun.com/review+rates+charged+bottled+water+companies+after+nestl%C3%A9+backlash/11211358/story.html