Volvic Water Supplies Now Dwindling
Not a day goes by that the global water crisis doesn’t hit the headlines and countries all over the world are affected by issues relating to water stress and scarcity in some way or another.
In France, for example, the Volvic region is renowned for its delicious mineral water but now warnings have been issued by both geologists and locals that the local area is now being put at risk because too much water is being pumped out by the Volvic bottling plant, which is owned by food and beverage conglomerate Danone, AFP reports.
The company has been permitted to bottle up to 2.8 million cubic metres a year since 2014, which is 2.8 billion one-litre bottles – and an extraction of almost 89 litres per second from the water table. This compares to the 15.6 litres extracted when bottling operations were launched back in 1965.
Owner of local fish hatchery Saint-Genest-l’Enfant Edouard de Feligonde has now embarked on a legal battle against the corporation, alongside lawyer and former environment minister Corinne Lepage.
The hatchery itself is a registered landmark that dates back to the 17th century – but there are now some months of the year where no water flows whatsoever. Mr de Feligonde was, in fact, forced to close the fishery a few years ago because duckweed formed green films over stagnant basins as a result of the lack of current.
And geologist Robert Durand told the news source that the Volvic source’s average flow rate had dropped to 50 litres per second, below the 470 litres a second that was seen in 1927.
However, director of the bottling site Jerome Gros observed that Danone has been making heavy investments in order to protect the source, explaining that 380 million litres of water was saved between 2017 and 2020, with sales remaining stable.
Concerns still remain, regardless, with critics saying that the company pumps water from up to 100m deep and, because rainfall has remained steady over the last few years, the depletions being seen in the stream can’t be down to the weather.
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