Nestle Cancels Bottled Water Contract in McCloud, Calif.
The Protect Our Waters Coalition (composed of the McCloud Watershed Council, California Trout, and Trout Unlimited) just reported that Nestle Waters North America has agreed to cancel its contract with the McCloud Community Services District that concerned the building of a controversial water bottling facility in the small town of McCloud, California.
The environmental impacts of the project were hotly contested by local residents, environmental and wildlife groups, as well as national organizations fighting water privatization. Recently an Attorney General also spoke out against the project, and Nestle, succumbing to pressure had said it would reduce the size of the plant. This latest announcement frees the town of McCloud from a 50-year contract (with a 50 year renewal) that basicially put the future of McCloud's drinking water in the corporate giant's hands.
Now, things are looking a little more hopeful for McCloud residents, although they are not in the clear yet. Here's what the Protect Our Waters Coalition said: