Unbottle and Protect Chaffee County Water was formed to educate and communicate with Chaffee County residents who stand in opposition to the renewal of the Nestle Waters permit.
A public hearing is now scheduled for Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at the Buena Vista Community Center at 1 p.m.
Ten years ago, concerned citizens of Chaffee County rallied and put up a fight when Nestle Waters of North America Inc. applied for a permit to build a pipeline and extract up to 65 millions gallons of water per year (up to 200 gallons per minute) from Ruby Mountain Springs.
Despite the great public outcry, the county commissioners at that time approved the permit.
Times have changed.
We know even more about climate change, and the effects of hauling up to 25 truckloads of water daily to Denver. We know more about single-use plastic waste polluting water, filling landfills, and the difficulties associated with recycling it.
Chaffee County’s population has drastically increased over the last decade, and concerns over water availability for new developments have increased too.