Legal case against Nestle’s water extraction in California

Following on from our article on 06/09/2015, “Nestlé: water privatization despite drought”1, a case has now been filed to restrict Nestle’s water extraction in Strawberry Creek, California.

Despite water shortages in the region, Nestle continues to extract water from Strawberry Creek, part of the San Bernadino National Forest. In order to restrict this extraction, environmental groups including the “Story of Stuff Project”, the “Courage Campaign Institute” and the “Center for Biological Diversity” have filed a case against the US Forest Service.23 This suit alleges that the federal agency has allowed Nestle to illegally pump millions of litres of water for decades, despite the severe drought in California. The suit claims that the permits used by nestle have been expired since 1988.

Eddie Kurtz, Environmental Director of the Courage Campaign Institute, said that “We believe that Nestlé’s actions aren’t just morally bankrupt, they are illegal”4. Part of the suit also relates to environmental problems caused by the over extraction including the impact on the flora and fauna of the forest which is dependent on the water deposits that Nestlé extract for their private profit. The Forest Service should ensure that the natural resources are protected and regular checks on their exploitation are carried out.45. Nestlé defends itself against these accusations by emphasizing that the amount of water they use, have a small effect on the existing drought. On the question of whether Nestlé would stop the use of water, said Tim Brown, CEO of Nestlé, that he would not and in fact, if he could he would raise it67. He also points out that Nestlé had requested an extension of the use permit, and thus by law their permit remains valid until the application is decided by the relevant federal agency89.


  1. Facingfincance.org: Nestlé: water privatization despite drought, https://www.facing-finance.org/ de / 2015/06 / Nestle water privatization-despite drought /, 06.09.2015, called on 10.26.2015 []
  2. The Guardian (2015):Food and beverage giant Nestlé lawsuit claims is illegally bottling California water. http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2015/oct/13/nestle-california-drought-bottled-water-permit-forest, 10/13/2015, called on 10.26.2015 []
  3. Latimes.com: Nestle drawing millions of gallons of California on expired permit, suit claims, http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-nestle-water -lawsuit-20151013-story.html, 10.13.2015, called on 10.26.2015 []
  4. Theguardian.com: food and beverage giant Nestlé lawsuitclaims is illegally bottling California water, http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2015/oct/13/nestle-california-drought-bottled-water-permit-forest, 10/13/2015, called on 10.26.2015 [] []
  5. Thinkprogress.com: Environmental Groups Sue Forest Service For Letting Nestlé Bottle Water Under 27 Years Expired License, http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/10/15/3712336 / Nestle-california-bottled-water-lawsuit /, 10.15.2015, called on 26.10.2015 []
  6. Munchies.vice.com: The Government Is Being Sued For Letting Nestlé Bottle Drought Knitting California’s Water, http://munchies.vice.com/articles/the-government-is-being-sued-for-letting-nestle-bottle-drought-stricken-californias-water, 10/16/2015, called on 10.26.2015 []
  7. Motherjones.com: The Feds just got Sued for Letting Nestlé Water Bottle in California’s Drought Country, http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2015/ 10 / Nestle-lawsuit-arrowhead, 10.14.2015, called on 10.26.2015 []
  8. Motherjones.com: The Feds just got Sued for Letting Nestlé Water Bottle in California’s Drought Country, http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2015/10/nestle-lawsuit-arrowhead, 10/14/2015 , called on 10.26.2015 []
  9. Latimes.com: Nestle drawing millions of gallons of California on expired permit, suit claims, http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-nestle-water-lawsuit- 20151013-story.html, 10.13.2015, called on 10.26.2015 []
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