Nestle is one of the largest bottled water sellers that uses water from Florida’s spring-fed sources. They’re now trying to increase the amount of water they’re taking.
The problem is that they want to take nearly four times what they’re currently bottling. They get most of their water from Ginnie Springs in the Santa Fe River, which empties into the Suwannee River.
A conservation group says the water being taken by Nestle and other bottling companies is having adverse affects on the environment.
The state hasn’t made a decision on the new deal yet. Though the increase would offer likely offer new jobs in that area, the tourism around Ginnie Springs draws nearly 200,000 visitors and they spend over $17 million, according to a study from the University of Florida.