SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A plant that bottles Sacramento municipal water and sells it at a profit has been the target of criticism during the California drought.
The Sacramento Bee reports that members of a group called Crunch Nestle held a protest last month outside the Nestle Waters North America plant.
Organizer Bob Saunders says it is "extremely egregious" for the company to bottle Sacramento's water during a drought.
The plant has operated since 2010 and buys Sacramento water to fill bottles of its Pure Life Purified Drinking Water.
Nestle spokeswoman Jane Lazgin said the company bought about 50 million gallons from Sacramento in 2014, including some used for plant operations rather than resale.
She said it amounts to less than two-thousandths of 1 percent of the city's annual water usage.