The Talking Points; Why Minor Hill Should Not Sell Their Water to a Private Company

Posted on 10th December 2010 by admin in Rivers of the world

Talking Points for the City of Minor Hill, TN
Concerning the sale of water to Amnisos, a water bottling company.

1. The water in the Giles County watershed is a resource that has been in place since time immemorial. Large quantities of water removed from the aquifer are not replenished by seasonal rains!

2. Many of the streams and creeks in Giles County are either polluted or are on the seriously compromised list. If the underground “sweet water” is removed, more concentrated toxins remain in the water above ground.

3. Has the public been made aware of both the pros and cons of this proposal?

4. All over the world, small towns with good water have been dealing with this new issue of water privatization. Here are some of the problems that the citizens have to deal with once the water has been bought up.

a)  The island of Fiji sold its water to a bottling company with the same name. Now, after years of having their water transported elsewhere, 51% of Fiji’s population does not have access to clean drinking water. Waterborne illnesses are now rampant on this island.

b)  The city of Atlanta sold the water rights of Lake Lanier to the Coca-Cola Company. During the latest three year drought, when every citizen was on very strict water rations, the Coca-Cola Company refused to stop taking water in abundance. I’m sure everyone in this room knows someone who has had to truck their water during the recent drought. We have dealt with dry wells all over the county. The underground water is all connected. Once we start removing large quantities of drinking water, expect dry wells to become more of a problem.

c)  Towns that have been promised jobs from water companies in the past have found that the bottling plants are highly automated and do not provide the many job opportunities they were promised.

5. Please protect future generations and keep the water in the hands of the people. The water is part of our “common wealth” and is not to be sold to private, outside companies.

5 Comments »

  1. These are really good. Concise and well-stated.

    It is obvious that the water company goes after water resources linked to communities desperate for solutions to their money problems. It is very predatory and dangerous.

    Comment by Dharmaja — December 11, 2010 @ 5:17 pm

  2. We need a logo for Water Aid 2010

    Comment by Dharmaja — December 12, 2010 @ 5:01 pm

  3. http://www.ct.gov/dep/cwp/view.asp?a=2685&q=322252&depNav_GID=1654

    lets check out what these folks have done to protect the water supply.

    Comment by Dharmaja — December 12, 2010 @ 5:17 pm

  4. Did Minor Hill sell to Amnisos

    Comment by Donna Thmpson — September 23, 2012 @ 5:37 pm

  5. No they did not.

    Comment by admin — January 24, 2013 @ 4:30 pm

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