Nestlé supports sustainability of Ginnie Springs
Op-Ed by George Ring, Natural Resource Manager, Nestlé Waters North America
As seen in the Gainsville Sun, 8/8/19
Like many Floridians, Nestlé Waters North America has a deep interest in maintaining Ginnie Springs’ long-term sustainability. Our interest in Ginnie Springs is based on the water quality and long-term sustainability of the site. We only bottle sustainable sources, and we work closely with our water management districts to make sure that is always the case.
Despite what an article published Aug. 1 states, Nestlé Waters does not hold a permit for water use at Ginnie Springs. Seven Springs — a local, woman-owned Florida company — has held the permit that the article refers to for over 20 years.
Seven Springs has sustainably supplied spring water to all of the previous tenants of the High Springs beverage factory that Nestle Waters purchased from Ice River in January. Seven Springs has requested a renewal of this existing permit for the same allotment of water that they are already permitted for. Seven Springs answers to local and state authorities, the same authorities that all other water use permit holders are governed by.
Despite inaccurate comments from some of our critics, Nestlé Waters does pay for water from Seven Springs, just as the previous bottled water and beverage companies did. Nestlé Waters also pays for the cost associated with bottling infrastructure, maintaining a quality product and delivery of water.
Read the full Op-Ed.