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Another point about the Pepsi situation…

Monday, March 10th, 2008

…and then I’ll shut up. Maybe.

When Pepsi spokespeople say they are using “only 1%” of the water from Falls Lake, is that 1% when it is full? I’d bet 400,000 gallons a day is more than one percent when it looks like a dry riverbed…

More on how Pepsi is contributing to water woes in Raleigh

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

We have some more information for you regarding our previous post about Pepsi and Coke. According to an article in the News & Observer, Pepsi Bottling Ventures draws over 400,000 gallons a day from Falls Lake. The lake is the main reservoir providing water to drought-stricken Raleigh, NC.

As reported in the N&O:
…In calling for a boycott of Pepsi, Brown, the Durham councilman, said the company draws 400,000 gallons a day from Falls Lake and bottles it as Aquafina. Reimer declined to respond to Brown’s assertion, other than to note that Pepsi accounts for less than 1 percent of the water distributed by Raleigh, which has averaged about 40.6 million gallons a day over the last month.

The City has now required all car wash businesses and pressure washing businesses to stop using water, but so far has declined to limit Pepsi’s massive consumption in any way. In fact, they pay the same rate as any other user in Garner.

Read all about it:

Pepsi and Coke contributing to water shortage

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

Your green printer is on the soap-box about water again. Sorry folks, but the more we read and hear about the drought here in North Carolina, the more interesting things get. The Independent Weekly reports that mega-corporations Pepsi and Coca Cola have maneuvered themselves into a favorable position to take advantage of our water crisis.

The deal is this: Pepsi and Coke are the two largest bottlers of water in the market. Pepsi Bottling Ventures bottles Aquafina here in Raleigh, NC drawing from municipal sources. Coke draws water for its Dasani brand from Charlotte, NC reservoirs. The state has signed a contract not to compete with retailers if the cities run out of water. This means that if the reservoirs run dry, no state agency will step in to help its citizens until all of the bottled water has been sold off retailer’s shelves.

Interesting conflict of priorities… Despite the extreme shortage, neither Pepsi nor Coke has been asked to pay more for the water it draws from the municipal water supplies, nor have they been asked to reduce their consumption. If we run out of water, our only choice will be to purchase water bottled by them. The faster they bottle water, the sooner we’ll run out, and at 3000 percent markup (the bottlers margin over the cost they pay the municipalities) the windfall profit they stand to make is substantial.

Might not the bottlers be motivated to increase production in order to stockpile inventory and take advantage of the sweet deal the state made with them? Seems the mega-corporations are having their water and drinking it too. Check out the full story at

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