Rotten Season 2 Episode 3 Recap – “Troubled Water”

By Daniel Hart
Published: October 4, 2019 (Last updated: September 1, 2023)
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Netflix Series Rotten Season 2 Episode 3 - Troubled Water


Rotten Season 2 Episode 3, “Troubled Water” turns its attention to bottled-water companies and the impact it has on nearby towns and communities.

We recap the Netflix documentary series Rotten Season 2 Episode 3, “Troubled Water,” which contains significant spoilers. 

Water is a regular subject for me at present. Bill’s Brain covered it, Goliath Season 3 centers around it, and now Rotten Season 2 is giving us insight into the world of bottled water, mostly by Nestlé, who seem to be extremely eager to dip their pipes in any land possible.

Rotten Season 2 Episode 3 Recap

“Troubled Water” shows the impact a company like Nestlé has on towns that rely on their water sources but consume it for themselves to create their own branded water products.

Rotten shows us communities who are trying to save their water sources that are drying up — the question that is posed is who owns the water?

Now that’s a great question served by Episode 3, “Troubled Water”. Public water is, well, public, and the activists ensuring that Nestlé does not take advantage of their water are asking those critical questions. The docuseries outlines how Nestlé fights court cases all the time about their constant well-building and renting of sources not directly impacting the community.

Episode 3 also delves into how bottled water companies mislead consumers with their branding with the terms “Spring Water”, “Ice Mountain Water,” and “Michigan Valley Water” when the sources are flagrantly incorrect.

Rotten Season 2 Episode 3 Ending

The second half of Episode 3 explores water in less-developed areas in Nigeria and how Nestlé planted their factory near a poor village. It explores their attempts to offer social value, opening up free water service, but in reality, it was way too far from the residents who were suffering.

Rotten Season 2 Episode 3, “Troubled Water,” does not put bottled-water companies in a good light, and it raises a good point for the future — with demand for water going up and climate change already impacting us, will the rich have access to clean water, while the less fortunate have to take risks with contaminated sources?

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