A global bottled water company is asking the state for permission to more than double how much water it’s withdrawing from the ground in west Michigan.
Nestle Waters is asking the state to set aside a seven-year-old agreement with environmental groups so it can add two production lines. That could boost its water withdrawal rate to 400 gallons a minute.
“What does this mean for the state of Michigan?,” wondered Jim Olson, a water rights attorney in Traverse City. “That’s a substantial amount of water.”