|City Council Member Bob Hall drinks water |
from the spring. (New York Times photo)
Ellen Porter, the director of environmental affairs for Roseberg, told Fuller, "The city needs to actively look for another source of water . . . Roseberg is not in a position to guarantee the availability of that water for a long period of time."
Roseberg has not told the city of Weed what it plans to do with the water, Fuller writes, "but it already sells water to Crystal Geyser Alpine Spring, which bottles it in weed and ships it as far away as Japan."
"The corporate mentality is that they can make more money selling this water to Japan," Bob Hall, a former mayor and council member, told Fuller. "We were hooked at the hip with this company for years . . . Now they are taking advantage of people who can't defend themselves."
"Residents of Weed, including the current mayor and three former mayors, say the water has always been intended foe municipal and domestic use and should not be sold to the highest bidder," Fuller writes. Residents say that this "water war" will end in the courts and "that they have a document showing that the previous owner of Roseberg's timber business here, International Paper, handed over water rights to the city in 1982." (Read more)