|Our petition argues that the SRWMD was required to deny the Seven Springs/Nestle consumptive use permit for two reasons:
First, Seven Springs Water Co., who applied for the permit, does not own or control the bottling facility where the water use will occur. Nestle does, and under District rules Nestle must be the applicant. Why does this matter? Because without Nestle being on the permit the SRWMD has no way to assure the water will be used efficiently or to make Nestle follow the rules. Can we really trust Nestle to use our water responsibly and follow the rules?
Second, the SRWMD Governing Board failed to consider whether issuing the consumptive use permit was “consistent with the public interest” as required by SRWMD rules and Florida Statute. The SRWMD rules define “public interest” as the “broad based interests and concerns that are collectively shared by members of a community or residents of the District or State.”
There have been over 19,000 comments submitted to the District expressing the interests and concerns of the community and residents of the State, yet these interests and concerns were not addressed in the permit application or by the SRWMD Governing Board in making their decision to grant consumptive use permit.