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Time to deal with water resources

May 2, 2014

To the editor: Check out http://www. mprnews.org/story/2014/04/29/ground-level-beneath-the-surface-southwest-minnesota It is an interesting article about water supplies....

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middleclassworker

May-09-14 12:02 AM

JR, once again you miss the point. Let me dumb it down for you again.

You are not paying anybody for the water that comes or of the ground. If it was oil, you'd be paying for the oil, plus the cost to pump it, etc.

Companies like Nestlé evidently don't like the idea of cheap water being at our disposal because they see huge profit potential.

Maybe the goal is to make water scarce enough so that people can sell water rights.

I'd like to see you pump 1000 gallons of water out of the ground, treat it, move it through millions of dollars of infrastructure and sell it for less than $4.

Now tell me that somebody is already making a good profit on that water.

Get it?

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JReader

May-08-14 10:43 AM

MCW,

It's really nice to know I'm not actually paying for my water. I suppose I could try to take a shower in the park and then I'd be getting off scot free. What if told the PUC I was only "renting" the water and they could have their free water back when I flush ? Do you think they'd stop sending me a bill ?

Do you happen to know - can you get a building permit issued in town for a new home without water & sewer systems installed ? Yeah, that's what I thought.

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JReader

May-08-14 10:30 AM

agitprop,

I'll make it simple for you. Provide a correlation between the corporate practices of Nestle and the current water situation Southwest Minnesota finds itself in. You do that and all the insults on me will stick.

So far your over simplified black and white approach is infantile at best. There are a lot of reasons that different parts of the world are in crisis over water. Corporate domination of the world's water market ranks way down on the list. Living in a country with a corrupt government ranks much higher. Also, living in a desert ranks higher.

I know this will cause you to blow a gasket but here goes: Statements made by the Nestle chairman were advocating privatizing water systems in parts of the world where the government wasn't getting it done. I realize in your sorted little mind there is no evil in no government anywhere in the world so I also realize I'm wasting my time when I say there are instances where the private sector can get it done.

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middleclassworker

May-08-14 6:24 AM

Jreader, you really aren't paying for the water that you use. You are paying to pump it out of the ground, filter it, chlorinate and fluoridate it and move it through a vast infrastructure to your home. Imagine how cheap natural gas would be if all we had to pay was the cost to get it to our homes?

In New Ulm, we pay a little over $3 for 1000 gallons of water. I'm sure tat would be much higher if people like the CEO of Nestlé had their way.

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JReader

May-07-14 11:14 AM

So, the lack of water in Southwest Minnesota has nothing to do with geology but instead is due to some corporate plot instigated by Nestle ?

Not that black and white at all. Whether you like to admit it or not everyone already pays for their water. For me, it is part of my monthly utility bill.

What needs to be discussed is it "right" for us to water our lawns so they stay as green as our neighbors while some kid gets sick and dies in Africa because there is no access to clean and safe drinking water ?

With global water issues there are "haves" and there are "have nots" and it has much more to do with geo-political issues than it does with corporate interests and their need to make a buck.

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metoo2

May-07-14 7:12 AM

A search to see how many gallons of water it takes to make a gallon of ethanol is eye opening.

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randiscott

May-05-14 9:48 PM

agitprop: good info and I agree. I live in Home Township and get my well water tested every year. What do you do when your nitrates are so high that pregnant women should not drink my water? If pregnant women shouldn't drink my well water then I will continue drinking my bottled water and recycle my plastic bottles. Not everything is so black and white. You can go ahead and drink your over fluoridated NU tap water

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tooold

May-05-14 1:05 PM

Thanks Auntydem for the search on Nestle. Very informative.

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Auntydem

May-04-14 2:25 PM

Good point about Nestle, which is putting the CEO's philosophy into action. Run a search for "Nestlé: Draining America Bottle By Bottle. How Nestlé Got Millions and Millions of Dollars From a $230 Permit"

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middleclassworker

May-03-14 4:07 PM

It really hits home when even in the land of 10000 lakes, that our aquifers can dry up. When the ethanol plant in Lake Crystal went online, their water table dropped significantly. White Bear Lake has been continuously dropping, which is being attributed to pulling more water out of the aquifer under it than it can sustain.

We do a lot of laundry. Getting rid of our top load washing machine had been saving us about 2000 gallons of water a month. I wouldn't have believed it if I didn't see it with my own eyes. This has been consistent month after month.

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