Bottled-water business grows despite drought

May 11, 2015 12:19 PM by News Staff

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's drought isn't stopping new bottled-water plants from tapping into the state's water.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports Sunday that the Crystal Geyser Water Co. is opening the latest of more than 100 water-bottling operations by various companies in the state.

Crystal Geyser plans to tap up to 365,000 gallons a day from groundwater at the foot of Mount Shasta. Crystal Geyser executive vice president Judy Yee says the company will work to protect the local environment.

But resident Raven Stevens says the bottled water company will pump more water in a day than her family uses in a year. She says residents are worried about local groundwater supplies.

State officials say bottled-water companies pumping up groundwater are exempt from the state's mandatory 25 percent water cutbacks for residents.

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