Jamilla El-Shafei is the co-founder and organizer for Save Our Water in Southern Maine. SOH2O is dedicated to protecting fresh water supplies in the state of Maine. Our efforts are focused within our state and we work to prevent large scale water extraction, monitor our local water district, enact legislative protections for our water, and educate local communities to the importance of local control of our water.
Communities in Maine have been engaging in a struggle to protect their groundwater resources from the multinational corporation Nestlé Waters N.A., the largest food and beverage company in the world. Nestlé, which is in the business of mining water to fill plastic bottles for their labels such as Poland Springs, seeks to expand its business by increasing the number of wellheads throughout the state. It is pumping millions more gallons of spring water from aquifers each day.