Water rates need to be updated for bottled water companies. Right now, companies like Nestlé pay just $2.25 to take a million litres of groundwater -- and they're allowed to withdraw unlimited amounts of precious water to sell at a huge profit.
The cruel irony is that the current water legislation is fairly appropriate when it comes to individuals' water use -- but corporations, once again, get off with paying virtually nothing. If you or I were to bottle enough groundwater to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool, we'd pay $180. Nestlé will pay $6.25.
Who knows how much revenue is lost by not charging corporations a fair amount for their use of our fresh water.