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Response to the State Water Resources Control Board Report

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In its initial report, the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) staff has acknowledged that Nestle Waters North America (NWNA) has valid, pre-1914 surface water rights for 26 acre-feet per year, as well as long-standing groundwater rights for 126 acre-feet per year--for a total of 152 acre-feet (or 49.5 million gallons) of water per year. In addition to having rights to the 152 acre-feet per year affirmed in the initial SWRCB report, we believe we have valid rights to additional water in Strawberry Canyon. 

As the preliminary report states, this process is not complete and NWNA has the opportunity to provide additional facts to staff which could change the conclusions and recommendations of the initial draft of the report.  We are working to provide the SWRCB staff with the historical data to validate our additional water rights, including century-old documents to the extent they are available.  In the meantime, we will continue to comply with all applicable laws with respect to our water collections.

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December 21, 2017: 

We are pleased that the report released by the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) validates Nestlé Waters’ chain of title and reaffirms that we hold valid, pre-1914 surface water rights and groundwater rights to a significant amount of the water in Strawberry Canyon. We are pleased that they have confirmed we have a right to these “authorized diversions,” and we will continue to operate lawfully according to these existing rights and will comply fully with California law.  We look forward to cooperating with the SWRCB during the review process and to providing the necessary documents to supplement the SWRCB’s report, including producing information requested from over a century ago, to the extent that it is available. 
Arrowhead® Brand Mountain Spring Water has been sustainably sourced from the springs in what is now the San Bernardino National Forest for more than 120 years. We take our responsibility as a California water steward seriously, and our successful operations for more than a century point to our commitment to long-term sustainability.