Water pipe in the San Bernardino National Forest
One of the largest bottled water companies on the planet extracted approximately 166.5 million gallons of water from the San Bernardino National Forest over the last three years.
There’s some controversy over this because a permit is required to pump the water, but the company in question has been pumping without one since 1988. The company has been allowed to continue pumping because of an agreement with the Forest Service while the permit issue is investigated and fixed.
That’s nearly 20 years of pumping with an expired permit, though the company has paid a $534 annual fee. The company pays nothing for the actual water extracted.
That’s outrageous, isn’t it?
You can read more about it here
, but the point we want to make is a simple one.
Castle Rock Water believes in paying a fair price to the community where water is bottled. If the company in question paid the same rate Castle Rock pays, it would have injected nearly $5 million back into the local economy; money that could have been used for schools, environmental protection, social programs, and more.
Across the entire state of California, this company bottles about 700 million gallons, which would amount to $21 million that would have gone back into state and local budgets.
Castle Rock isn’t anywhere near the size of this other company, but still has contributed over a half million dollars back to the community of Dunsmuir. There are no rules that say bottled water companies have to do this, but it’s truly the right thing to do.
Castle Rock Water will continue to lead by example and advocate that all companies that sell bottled water pay a fair price for it.
Until then, you can help by skipping brands that don’t pay a fair price for water and supporting companies that do.
It’s just the right thing to do.
Fair Trade is defined as fair prices being paid to producers and/or growers for goods and food.
Coffee, chocolate, textiles, and more can be labeled as Fair Trade. This lets buyers know that their money is going to help benefit the people who produced the product.
Water isn’t a good. Water is a human need and basic right, so therefore is not currently able to be labeled as Fair Trade.
But that doesn’t mean the companies that bottle and sell water can’t adhere to fair trade practices. Castle Rock Water Company is the only water company in the world to hold the “For Life – Social Responsibility Certified Products
What does that mean?
At the most basic level it means that Castle Rock Water Company coexists with its employees, nature, and its community. Castle Rock Water is part of a circle that makes it possible for the community of Dunsmuir to share its pure, living water
Because of Castle Rock Water’s relationship with the town of Dunsmuir, a sizable amount of revenue is put back into the community.
The company has donated to many non-profit organizations such as Charity: Water, Living Water International, Walk with MADD, Unlikely Hero’s, and many more local charities.
When you purchase Castle Rock Water, you’re not contributing to a massive corporation’s bottom line. Your purchase of Castle Rock Water supports a small company’s efforts to enlighten peoples knowledge of how important it is to know what we put into our bodies. Your purchase supports local communities and provides jobs and resources to local areas.
You also happen to get the best bottled water in the world
Do you know where the money goes when you buy other bottled water?
Castle Rock Water is honored to hold the “For Life” certification and will continue working to uphold Fair Trade standards to share the best water in the world while supporting efforts world-wide to bring clean drinking water to everyone.
Do you believe water should be labeled as Fair Trade?