Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Wal-Mart Profits Off California's Thirst

I grew up in California, very near Folsom Lake — that’s it up there, with diminishing water levels due to drought — and we’d spend our Summers there, boating, swimming, sunning, drinking, getting into trouble. And I can remember the water levels at the lake sometimes being very low and complaining about the trek across the beach, then the dirt to reach the shoreline as it drifted further and further away.

First world problems, I know, but for me back then,it was just kids having fun and having our good times ruined. But it isn’t fun out there now, with water levels at the lowest they have ever been and much of California on water restrictions, which is why this story infuriates me …

Wal-Mart is bottling Sacramento water to sell in their stores; water from the very area, farmland, the Central Valley of California, that has been hard hit by the drought. Wal-Mart is making a profit off Sacramento water.

And it works like this:

Sacramento sells water to a bottler, DS Services of America, at 99 cents for every 748 gallons — the same rate as other commercial and residential customers — and that water is then bottled and sold at Wal-Mart for 88 cents per gallon, meaning that $1 of water from Sacramento turns into $658.24 for Wal-Mart and DS Services.

Water California seriously needs, but Wal-Mart makes a ginormous profit from; and this comes on the heels of an announcement last month that the city is asking residents to cut water consumption by a whopping 36%.

You cannot water your gardens; you cannot wash your car; you cannot, and yeah, it’s another first world problem, fill up your pool. But Wal-Mart can make a killing while Californians, and their lands, go thirsty.

If you needed another reason to lathe the Wal-Mart Corporate Greed Machine — and I don’t — then this surely must be it.

9 comments:

the dogs' mother said...

Starbucks gets their bottled water from CA too. They are changing now. But really, how long did we know
this was coming? A long time.

Bob Slatten said...

Yeah, I read that about Starbucks, but also heard Wal-Mart will keep California drying out.

Susan said...

Although not a huge surprise, it is as always beyond annoying. Can't Gov. Brown do something to stop this from continuing?

greenbeltandy said...

Will the wonders of free market capitalism ever cease?

anne marie in philly said...

MFing SOBs!

mistress maddie said...

I hate Wal Mart as much as the Kardashians. I have been there once, and couldn't stand it. I could give a rats ass how cheap there goods are, I'll pay the gas and higher prices then step foot in their dumps.

Biki Honko said...

I refuse to shop at Wall Mart. I don't care how far I have to drive, no way, no how will I give them one red cent of my union earned money!

Helen Lashbrook said...

We had a similar problem in the UK, although of course we don't have the drought problems the Californians are suffering from. Coca-Cola was bottling tap water after 'refining' it and selling it for huge amounts of money. Greed is God.

Bill said...

I am NOT a fan of WalMart, but to get to the base of this, why is Sacramento selling water to anyone?