The residents in India have been protesting and asking coca cola to close their plants down b/c they are using up water which is scarce where these plants are located.
So what does the company do? Goes to court... of course coca cola has probably as more money then those areas have seen in a decade, so the courts determined they have a right to use the water.
Here is a response I got from cocacola after emailing them about it:
"Groundwater: An independent study commissioned by the High Court of
Kerala found that under normal rainfall conditions, the Coca-Cola bottling
facility would not adversely affect ground water levels. The High
Court determined that the primary cause of the water shortage in the local
Kerala area was reduced rainfall for several years and ruled that the
Coca-Cola plant has the right to use water from the local aquifer.
Additional steps have been taken throughout our operations in India for
rainwater recovery systems and water efficiency gains in the production
So even though the rainfall has been "reduced" for SEVERAL YEARS which of course causes a shortage of water, they still use the water for their operations!! Their defence... the high court said it was legal...