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Crystal Geyser to tap Siskiyou County groundwater

By Peter Fimrite
May 9, 2015 Updated: May 12, 2015

Filling bottles from headwaters of Sacramento river in Mt. Shasta. Photo: Michael Macor, The Chronicle
Photo: Michael Macor, The Chronicle

Shara Fish of Mount Shasta carries bottles filled with spring water from the headwaters of the Sacramento River in Mount Shasta, Calif., on Tues. April 28, 2015. Crystal Geyser is opening a bottling plant nearby without any environmental review or limits at a time when everyone else in the state is being asked to drastically cut water use. California’s non-existent laws on groundwater use allow this.

A private water bottling company will soon be sucking up thousands of gallons a day from an aquifer that feeds the Sacramento River, the primary source of drinking water for millions of thirsty Californians struggling to cope with a four-year drought.