Forest Service considers Nestle mountain water withdrawals

Mar 18, 2016 8:07 PM by News Staff

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service wants to let Nestle continue siphoning millions of gallons of water from the Southern California mountains to bottle and sell as Arrowhead spring water.

Friday's proposal would require the nation's biggest bottled-water purveyor to conduct studies and modify operations if it's found the extraction harms the environment. The Forest Service also is doing a study.

Nestle Waters North America takes about 25 million gallons of water a year from the San Bernardino National Forest under a permit that expired decades ago.

Environmental groups sued the Forest Service last year to halt extractions until a new permit is issued.

Nestle says it's pleased that the permit process is moving ahead and agrees with the Forest Service that it's important to manage water resources to protect the environment.

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