Under the old Water Act, Nestlé, like other groundwater users, didn’t need to pay the government anything for water withdrawals. But under the WSA, Nestlé will start paying for the hundreds of millions of litres of groundwater they withdraw, bottle and sell. That rate of $2.25 per million litres — the highest industrial rate in the new price structure — means Nestlé will pay the government $596.25 a year for 265 million litres.
Under the WSA, Nestlé and other groundwater users also will begin paying permit fees. A Nestlé executive said he expects the annual fee for water-bottling companies to be between $1,000 and $10,000.
Pressing Refresh Notes: Start paying? Seriously? The amount of most people’s water bills have continued to rise and these companies get it for next to nothing. The water main in front of my house busts about 3 or four times a year. Towns need to replace these mains. How about these types of companies foot the bill to do this considering the fortunes they are making off of it.