FLINT, MI – JANUARY 27: Michigan Gov Rick Snyder speaks to media regarding the status of the Flint water crisis on January 27, 2016 at Flint City Hall in Flint, Michigan. A federal state of emergency has been declared in Flint related to the city’s water becoming contaminated. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Rick Snyder
Consumer Group Joins Michigan Resident in Demanding Nestlé Stop Bottling Michigan’s Clean Water
As the Flint water crisis worsens, Matt Zandstra, a father from Wyoming, Michigan resident is partnering with SumOfUs, a global consumer group, to call out Governor Snyder for his close ties to Nestlé, a multinational corporation that bottles more than 200 gallons of clean Michigan water each minute.
The petition draws attention to the fact that Flint’s mostly poor and black residents do not have access to safe drinking water, while at the same time Nestlé is the largest owner of private water sources in the state. SumOfUs notes that Deb Muchmore, the head spokesperson for Nestlé Michigan, is married to Governor Snyder’s chief of staff – who oversaw the defunding of Flint’s water sources.
“What is happening in Flint is an incredible tragedy caused by runaway government negligence and corporate greed,” explained Nicole Carty, Senior Campaigner with SumOfUs. “Governor Snyder’s reckless and ideological commitments to privatization and small government has left tens of thousands of people – mostly women and children – damaged for life. Making matters worse, while the people of Flint go without access to clean safe drinking water, and have even faced fines for not paying water bills on time, Nestlé continues to pump more than 200 gallons of clean Michigan water from the ground each minute to sell around the world.”
“It is critical that as steps are taken to alleviate the crisis in Flint, we take a hard look at our state’s water priorities. Michigan officials must take immediate action to repair the damage caused by Flint’s poisoned water supply, invest in public water infrastructure, and stop allowing Nestle to take and profit from our state’s clean and public water resources,” added Matt Zandstra, who started the petition from his hometown of Wyoming, Michigan. “No one should benefit from this horrific situation, and communities like Flint should not have to depend on corporate charity for clean water, especially not in our State blessed with its abundance.”