Water tapped out at Nestle Waters North America bottling?

DEBRA GRUSZECKI • THE DESERT SUN • JUNE 15, 2010

The Cabazon Water District on Wednesday has threatened to shut off the water supply Wednesday to Nestle Waters North America bottling plant in Cabazon, the general manager for the utility announced late Tuesday.

The action involving a company best known for its production of Arrowhead Mountain Springwater products could be taken at 10 a.m,. as a result of an impasse involving negotiations with Nestle Water to extend water service outside the boundaries of its district to the bottling plant. “We’ve been serving the plant without a (written) agreement since 2001,” said Calvin Louie, general manager of the Cabazon Water District. Louie declined to divulge terms, saying only that it involved “reasonable rates” and some “reimbursement” back to the community on terms or issues that the company promised nine years ago when the district began to serve the bottling plant. The Arrowhead water bottling facility was built in 2003 at a cost of $26 million on the Morongo Indian Reservation. The venture, developed through a partnership with the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians, initiailly involved the sale of spring water to Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water. Then handled through the Perrier Group of America, product was distributed throughout California, Arizona, Nevada, the Rockies and the Pacific Northwest. “The Arrowhead bottling plant, as far as we know is a stand-alone business which happens to be on tribal land,” Louie said. Attempts to contact a spokesman for the Nestle Water plant or the tribe were unsuccessful.

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