You know, the commercial people bottling water. Bastards:
The Tamborine Mountain state school has run out of water, even as water miners in the Gold Coast hinterland are sending millions of litres to commercial bottling operations.
Trucks sent by the Queensland government carrying emergency supplies to the school, including Mount Tamborine bottled water, have been passing trucks heading in the opposite direction taking local water to bottling plants for beverage giants such as Coca-Cola.
You’ve got to read around a bit to get to the truth here:
We are the largest community in Australia that doesn’t have reticulated water.
Everyone is using their own well or borehole. Of the ground water available:
“QUT research says levels of groundwater extraction are equivalent to less than five per cent of average annual groundwater recharge.
“Of that five per cent, farmers use almost 84 per cent of the extracted groundwater for horticulture, households almost 11 per cent, and bottled water operations, about five per cent.”
As everywhere it’s the farmers taking the vast majority.
It’s actually bugger all to do with bottled water but guess what they’re complaining about?