To: Environment Canterbury

Save Christchurch’s water, stop the water bottle exports

Save Christchurch’s water, stop the water bottle exports

Newshub has just revealed that a water bottling company has drilled a 170m deep bore hole into the pristine aquifer that supplies Christchurch’s drinking water.

The company, Cloud Ocean Water, plans to suck 1.6billion litres of water out of the aquifer each year, bottle it in a mega factory, and export it for private profit overseas.

If that wasn’t bad enough, Christchurch City Council warned that drilling the bore risks contaminating the drinking water for people living in the city.

It’s time we put people and our precious planet first and stop this private company profiting off our pristine water supply. Sign the petition.

We call on Environment Canterbury to immediately revoke the companies permission to suck up billions of litres of precious drinking water.

Why is this important?

Last year experts warned that levels in Christchurch’s aquifer were getting dangerously low - putting at risk the city's drinking water supply. We mustn’t let a private company drain the town supply and export it untaxed.

The company could earn $12m each day, or $4.3billion per year, off the public resource they pay nothing to use.

Sign the petition to stop the exports of our pristine water.

Read more: https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/102307238/ecan-accused-of-bending-the-law-over-consents-for-water-bottling-plants

Aotearoa Water Action are crowdfunding $40,000 to bring a case to court to stop the bottling. Support them here: https://www.pledgeme.co.nz/projects/5556-bottle-off-stop-the-belfast-bottling-plants


Reasons for signing

  • This is criminally irresponsible. It is theft from the people of Christchurch. It is a danger to the people of Christchurch. How could this permission have been granted?
  • Other than water is Life? Enough with corporate profit-making through externalizing their costs of production onto our environment and society. Corporate colonization must end.
  • We have some of the cleanest water in the world in our taps and we can drink it without any filters of treatments. Why will led we let a company drain this resource for their capital gain and ruin what we are already at risk of damaging from farming and depletion from the use it has now?

Updates

2018-03-16 19:55:57 +1300

10,000 signatures reached

2018-03-15 18:06:15 +1300

5,000 signatures reached

2018-03-15 04:50:03 +1300

1,000 signatures reached

2018-03-14 21:58:50 +1300

500 signatures reached

2018-03-14 20:29:41 +1300

100 signatures reached

2018-03-14 20:11:55 +1300

50 signatures reached

2018-03-14 19:58:15 +1300

25 signatures reached

2018-03-14 19:48:28 +1300

10 signatures reached