Magazine article New Internationalist

Water Shortage: The Real Thing

Magazine article New Internationalist

Water Shortage: The Real Thing

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Kala Dera, in Rajasthan, was declared a drought area by the Indian Government in September, following this year's failed monsoons. But the situation has been worsened by Coca-Cola's operations in the region. Their controversial bottling plant draws on the same groundwater sources as those used by the local community and farmers, with recent data revealing that groundwater levels plummeted by 5.83 meters in just one year between May 2007 and May 2008 - a huge drop never before witnessed in Kala Dera. CocaCola's use of the groundwater reaches its peak in the summer months, exactly when water shortages in the community are at their worst.

'The Coca-Cola Company is denying our fundamental human right to water by continuing to extract groundwater from a rapidly falling aquifer. …

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