Nestlé has come under fire for its plans to bottle more than a million gallons of water a day from natural springs in Florida.
Thousands of protesters are calling for the local water management district to deny the firm's request of an additional 800,000 gallons -bringing its daily consumption up to 1.152 million gallons a day.
Because the springs are running at levels 30 percent to 40 percent lower than they were decades ago, experts and activists warn that 10 million people and the surrounding natural habitat will be in danger if approved.
Some 9,000 protesters have submitted comments to Seven Springs, a local Florida business involved in passing or denying Nestlé's request, as they are concerned about the affects the increase will have on the springs and surrounding areas.
However, Rachel Pratt, a representative for Nestlé, told DailyMail.com in an email, 'Nestle Waters is committed to helping maintain the health and long-term sustainability of Florida’s waterways in the areas where we operate.
'We work with local, state, and federal agencies to ensure we meet all regulatory requirements, and we have strict procedures in place to help maintain the sustainability of our operations.'
Thousands of protesters are calling for the local water management district to deny Nestlé's request to take an additional 800,000 gallons -bringing its daily consumption up to 1.152 million gallons a day
'Nestlé Waters’ purchase of spring water from Seven Springs will always remain within the level of their water use permit, which was granted by the Suwannee River Water Management District.
'Simply put: it would make absolutely NO sense for Nestlé Waters to invest millions of dollars into local operations just to deplete the natural resources on which our business relies. It would undermine the success of our business and go against every value we hold as a people, Floridians, and as a company.'
'Our business depends on the quality and sustainability of our shared water resources, and we spend countless hours and millions of dollars each year across the country to help ensure these resources are protected for generations to come.'
Over this period, companies have taken a total of 1.2 million combined, but now Nestlé wants to increase the daily withdrawal to the full amount by 800,000 gallons -and some environmentalists are not sold on Nestlé's mission of peace.
According to the Florida Springs Institute, the springs are running at levels 30 percent to 40 percent lower than they were decades ago
Mike Roth, president of the environmental group Our Santa Fe River, told DailyMail.com in an email, ‘This is a company with a