For 20 years, the Fiji Water company has been tapping an aquifer in Fiji for its bottled water and paying a tax of one-third of a cent per liter. Now the Fiji government wants 15 cents per liter. This week, Fiji Water said no and shut down operations, but only for a day. The company is a major employer on the island, and hundreds of Fijians would be without work if the factory shut down. NPR's Guy Raz talks to Charles Fishman, a journalist who has written about the bottled water business for Fast Company magazine.
A Bottled-Water Drama In Fiji
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