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This ordinance declares that water is a common resource for the residents of Barnstead and prohibits corporate withdrawals of water for resale without notice to the town, and town approval. Over the past several years, directors of global water corporations have been invading New England towns with the intention of leasing land, then announcing plans to pump, bottle and sell the water obtained through the leased land. When corporations takes large amounts of water from the area, the result is lowered water tables and dry wells, infiltration of pollutants or saltwater, and damage to wetlands.
This report outline the cost in terms of public assistance the New England states must spend to subsidize low wage employment models.