Water everywhere for profit in Nejapa, but few drops for local people to drink

 

While big companies make millions from El Salvador’s water-rich Nejapa municipality, locals have little or no access to water

Article by Claire Provost and Matt Kennard

The Guardian, November 3, 2014

 

 

Ana Luisa Najarro’s neighbours include some of the world’s largest corporations. Down the street from her house, giant drinks manufacturers have set up a series of factories and warehouses, bottling water and fizzy drinks for distribution across the country and export across central America.

 

Coca-Cola is here, bottled by a subsidiary of SABMiller, the world’s second-largest brewer. A Mexican juice multinational has also moved in, as has a large bottled water company.

 

Millions of dollars are made by major beverage businesses in Nejapa, an expanding industrial area in El Salvador near where Najarro lives. But despite living down the road, and on top of one of the country’s largest aquifers, she says she struggles every day to find enough clean water to drink.

 

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