One to Watch: Nestle Water
A study into the issue of an expired Special Use Permit that continues to authorize the operation of a private water collection system located in the San Bernardino National Forest that allows Nestlé Waters North America (Nestlé or NWNA) to collect spring water on a year-round basis from Strawberry Creek that infiltrates into collection tunnels or horizontal wells and is transported through 4.5 miles of 4” steel water transmission pipes located on National Forest Service lands to storage tanks located on private land. From 1947-2015, a total of 4,247,454,000 gallons of spring water has been transported from these storage tanks by truck to be bottled and sold as Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water. Special Use Permits from the Forest Service for this system date back to 1929 when the quantity of spring water extracted was not recorded.
Federal officials and conservation groups reached an agreement today that will
finally end Nestlé Corp.’s ability to rely on a permit that expired 30 years ago to siphon water from the San Bernardino National Forest for its massive bottled-water operation.
Response to the Report of Investigation Nestle Waters North America
"...Secondly, the over appropriation of water by Nestle has likely had an adverse impact on fish and wildlife in the Strawberry Creek watershed."