LOS ANGELES (AP) Nestle has been offered a three-year permit to keep taking millions of gallons of water from Southern California’s San Bernardino National Forest, but with new restrictions designed to keep a creek flowing for other uses.
The offer announced Wednesday by the U.S. Forest Service allows the maker of Arrowhead bottled water to continue piping water from the Strawberry Creek watershed as it has done for decades.
The permit would allow extraction only when there is water available to protect natural resources in the forest northeast of Los Angeles. Use could be restricted if the state re-enters a drought.
The company has 60 days to accept the permit.
In 2016, Nestle Waters North America took about 32 million gallons of water from wells and water collection tunnels in the forest.