Calling all High Springs residents opposing the water grab at Ginnie Springs by Seven Springs Water Company – we want you to give a voice to the river and springs we call home. On Thursday January 9 at 6:30 pm, we will be in front of the High Springs Council, on agenda, to ask them one last time to vote on a Resolution opposing this water permit to be used for freshwater sold in plastic bottles.
We need you to implore them to demonstrate to the Suwannee River Water Management District that water bottlers taking our water is not in the best interest of our community.
The Seven Springs Water Company intends to sell the water to Nestle, a company who notoriously goes into rural communities that have weak water laws and rules to secure permitting to bottle freshwater and profit from the extraction. Nestle is already bottling in at least five springsheds in Florida at the amount of 3.3 million gallons a day. As a matter of “public interest” we need High Springs solidarity to ask the water managers to deny this water use permit.
The science and legislative intent to protect our natural resources are already on the books and that is why this permitting process is being carefully analyzed by the SRWMD staff with a greater than usual three Requests for Additional Information so far. But the facility is building out nonetheless, even though they do not have a new permit, and they continue to operate on an existing 20-year-old permit that was issued long before Florida knew we had water problems with water quantity and quality.
We need you now, more than ever. Plan to get there when the doors open at 5:30 pm, or come when you can because your voice matters now more than ever, as Nestle employees will likely be called upon to fill the seats as they have in the past. The employees will bemoan the fact that they have a job; that some of them grew up around here; the owner of the water use permit will speak to the amount of land she holds and the private campground the family owns and how great they have been to our freshwater resources as a business; and these statements somehow give her privilege to this freshwater.
We need to you speak to OUR water needs – High Springs and the surrounding areas are growing, and they already have city water that often has delivery problems. Collateral issues such as additional excess truck traffic through town leading to noise and air pollution problems are also of concern.
Let’s encourage our City Council to take a position opposing this bottler which pollutes the entire planet with plastics and other wastes from this industrial, extraction and packaging business model. Enough is enough, take a stand Thursday, Jan. 9th at the High Springs Council meeting, for freshwater, springs and Santa Fe River. Be a strong voice for your community and ask your council members to vote to sign a Resolution opposing this water grab in 2020.
If you are unable to attend but still want to help, please call or write to the city commissioners listed below:
City of High Springs Commissioner Contact Information
Commissioner Linda Jones………………………….386-454-0285; firstname.lastname@example.org
Mayor Byran Williams…………….386-454-0245; email@example.com
Commissioner Scott Jamison…………..386-454-4107; firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice Mayor Gloria James…………….386-454-9834; email@example.com
Commissioner Nancy Lavin……………..386-454-0214; firstname.lastname@example.org