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Fight over bottling water in court


GRAND RAPIDS -- A trial set to begin today will determine whether the nation's No. 1 bottled water company's desire to withdraw more from an area aquifer is reasonable or a violation of Michigan law.

In response to a lawsuit filed by the Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation, Mecosta County Circuit Judge Lawrence Root already has ruled that Ice Mountain can capture and bottle groundwater at its Stanwood plant, about 45 miles north of Grand Rapids.

Ice Mountain has produced an average of 130 gallons a minute since production began last year. But it eventually wants to boost withdrawals to at least 400 gallons per minute, depending on demand.   more...


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