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Case Study 3.2 Battling over Bottled Water
Should people in Michigan be concerned about how, and by whom, the state’s ground water is used? In your view, what issues of justice does this case raise?
Since water is not a completely renewable source especially in light of recent years droughts, the people in Michigan have every right to be concerned about how the ground water is being used. If the people do not look out for their resources they will be gone and this will also affect their other industries such as fishing, hunting and the transportation of all sorts of goods through the Great Lakes. The state of Michigan is surrounded by three of the Great Lakes.
The issue of justice this raises is that of rights. Just because the water is in the ground and doesn’t have specific owner rights, that does not mean it is for Nestle to take.
Would Nestle’s pumping 262 million gallons of water per year from Sanctuary Spring constitute “reasonable use”? Is the company treating either local residents or the Native American tribes unfairly, or would it be unfair to restrict Nestle’s use of water from the spring?
Considering Nestle is in competition with other companies to earn a profit off of this water, I think they are taking as much water as they can handle and trying to make a huge profit from it. A profit I am sure they are not sharing with the people of Michigan or the Indian tribes anymore than they are required to. Granted, they are creating jobs by building a plant in the area but are they required to hire a certain number of local residents or Indians?
I do think that while Nestle has a valid case for choosing an area with an abundance of quality water there is a very fine line as to how much they should be pumping. Granted they need enough water to fulfill demand without damaging the resource they are pumping from. And the problem with pumping water is they will not know the damage they are creating until it is too late.
Is groundwater a public resource, the use of which is appropriate for society to regulate? Or is it the property of those who own the land to use as they see fit. Who has the strongest claim on groundwater – the owners of the land from which it is pumped, the original inhabitants of the area (that is, the local Indian tribes), local residents, citizens of the whole Great Lakes region, or all Americans?
As a whole I do not think it is fair for a landowner to have complete rights over ...

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