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Among the windmills and creosote bushes of San Gorgonio Pass, a nondescript beige building stands flanked by water tanks. A sign at the entrance displays the logo of Arrowhead 100% Mountain Spring Water, with water flowing from a snowy mountain. Semi-trucks rumble in and out through the gates, carrying load after load of bottled water.
The plant, located on the Morongo Band of Mission Indians' reservation, has been drawing water from wells alongside a spring in Millard Canyon for more than a decade. But as California's drought deepens, some people in the area question how much water the plant is bottling and whether it's right to sell water for profit in a desert region where springs are rare and underground aquifers have been declining.
Over the years, the Morongo tribe has clashed with one local water district over the bottling operation, and has tried to fend off a long-running attempt by state officials to revoke a license for a portion of the water rights. Those disputes, however, don't seem to have put a dent in an operation that brings the Morongo undisclosed amounts of income through an agreement with the largest bottled water company in the United States.
If water weren't being pumped and diverted from Millard Canyon for the bottling plant, that water would boost groundwater levels in the canyon and would gradually spread downhill into the Cabazon basin, Davis said, likening the aquifers to "separate bathtubs." The next aquifer downhill is the Coachella Valley aquifer, on the other side of a similar geological barrier.
"In a wet period, the Cabazon basin is basically going to fill up and it's going to flow over that underground weir," Davis said. "The water that overflows is going to end up in the Coachella basin."
Cabazon's aquifer, however, has been far from overflowing in recent years. The Cabazon Water District says the aquifer is in decline, with more water being pumped out than is flowing back in.
originally posted by: WanDash
a reply to: lovebeck
Big Business...for lawyers.
I think they'll keep obfuscating the crucial issues...and keep these issues/cases in the courts - ForEver...
One state (farmer, rancher, county, etc...) is awarded the right to do whatever they wish/choose with the water that has been running under/through/over their land/s since the beginning... Dry up the lands downstream... Then, advertise - "come visit our beautiful lakes, streams, waterparks" - to those that used to live in the lands watered by these sources.
I would love to purchase some land upstream of one/some of these underground springs - tap into the stream before it arrives at the Water Plants...and watch them scream bloody murder.