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26th July 2020
Water is a human right and a public trust to be shared, protected, carefully managed and enjoyed by all who live around it. It must not be a source of profit. The escalating climate crisis, threats of droughts, pollution and over-extraction mean we must be more vigilant and adamant in our fight to protect water for our communities and for future generations.

Nestlé has taken billions of litres of pure, clean and vital water from underground aquifers in Canada and sold them for huge profit. Meanwhile, communities are struggling with severe droughts, dwindling water supply for community uses, and plastic bottles clogging up our landfills and waterways. Nestlé’s departure from Canada is a direct result of communities coming together to say no to its water grabs.

But we’re not done, yet. Although Nestlé Waters has announced its departure from the Canadian market, it is selling its facilities and wells to another major water taking company, Ice River Springs. The fight against corporate water takings for profit is not over. With your help, we will build upon the grassroots opposition to Nestlé to resist Ice River Springs, push back on all efforts to commodify water for profit, demand better regulations and support community-led efforts across Canada to protect water.

Whether we’re fighting Nestlé, Ice River Springs or any other corporation, the most powerful tool against the commodification of water is an informed and organized network of people committed to safeguarding water as a public trust and shared commons.

Take the pledge to always protect water and say no to bottled water.