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Federal Bottled Water Deal Should Outrage Both Farmers & Enviros

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Arrowhead reportedly pays less than $2,000 a year to extract millions of gallons from the San Bernardino National Forest. (Shutterstock)
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In the midst of the California drought — when people are asked to conserve water and farmers face ever-increasing irrigation costs, a bottled water company pays less than $2,000 annually to extract millions of gallons of water from the San Bernardino National Forest.

The spring water flows down a mountain through tunnels, boreholes, and a 4.5-mile pipeline into a tank. Then it is trucked away, bottled, and marketed as Arrowhead 100% Mountain Spring Water, The Los Angeles Times reports.

“They’re sucking out so much water,” says Amanda Frye, an environmental activist. “Imagine if all the springs were just allowed to naturally flow. We’d have a lot of water in here.”

Incredibly, the federal government doesn’t charge the company a dime for the water. But there is a $1,950 annual fee for allowing the water collection infrastructure on federal land.

Read more from yahoo!news at this link.

 

 

Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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