Wednesday Top of the Scroll: California orders bottled water company to stop ‘unauthorized’ piping from springs
For decades, water has been siphoned from springs in the San Bernardino Mountains and piped downhill to be bottled and sold as Arrowhead 100% Mountain Spring Water. After a years-long fight over the bottled water operation in the San Bernardino National Forest, California water regulators ruled Tuesday that the company must stop taking millions of gallons through its pipelines. The State Water Resources Control Board voted unanimously to order the company BlueTriton Brands to “cease and desist” taking much of the water it has been piping from tunnels and boreholes in the mountains near San Bernardino. Environmentalists, who have campaigned for years against bottling water from the forest, praised the decision.
- Sacramento Bee: Nestlé bottled water from California spring for 100 years. It’s illegal and must stop, regulator says
- The Associated Press: California may limit how much company behind Arrowhead bottled water can draw from mountain springs
- SJV Water: Water Board upholds “cease and desist”; says company has no rights to spring water used in its Arrowhead bottled water brand