Nestle warned it lacks rights to California spring water

By  | 

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Nestle, which makes Arrowhead bottled water, may have to stop taking millions of gallons of water from Southern California's San Bernardino National Forest because state regulators say it lacks valid permits.

The State Water Resources Control Board notified the company on Wednesday that an investigation concluded it doesn't have proper rights to about three-quarters of the water it currently withdraws for bottling.

That works out to about 8.5 million gallons out of about 32 million gallons a year that Nestle Waters North America pipes from wells and collection tunnels in the forest.

Nestle says it's reviewing the report.

The company has argued it inherited forest water rights dating back more than a century.

Environmental groups have challenged the water use, arguing it's improper and threatens local wildlife.

(Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)