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Summary of Crystal Geysers' claims
about Mt. Shasta hydrology
June 15, 2015
Crystal Geyser (CG) claims that their pumping will have negligible effect on the water supply for neighboring residential wells and on nearby city-operated wells that (in part) supply the entire city. Upon a detailed review of their documentation, we find that CG's claims are incomplete and illogical, and based on superficial studies performed for a different purpose, the data and results of which are kept largely secret.
CG claims that water accessed by their main production is the same water that supplies Big Springs. Since the flow of Big is ~50-100x greater than the projected CG pumping rate, CG argues that there can be no effect of their pumping. However, we find there is no publicly-available convincing evidence that water they take was even headed toward Big Springs.
The water emerging in some springs from Mt. Shasta is estimated to be 50 years old. CG’s consultants explicitly claimed that 50 year old water implied that there was a 50 year supply of water in the “aquifer”. However, we know that "50 year old" water is not necessarily accessible or replenishable. For example, if all 50 years of that supply were withdrawn, it might take 50 years for the water level to recover to a level where it can be accessed again.
The few meager well tests that have been done in the past have indicated that even minor drawdowns in the CG well can lead to many feet of loss in neighboring residential wells. Those well tests were not even intended to test the robustness of the source, but only to see if the water bottles could be labeled as "spring water".
CG is unthruthful in claiming that the water flow under Mt. Shasta is "well-understood". No expert hydrogeologists we know of, and certainly none of the many we have spoken with, claim that Mt. Shasta hydrogeology is well-understood; quite the contrary, in fact. CG needs to fund an independent environmental review, possible mitigations, and enforceable regulations for the protection of the region’s water. Thus far, CG opposes public oversight of the planned facility, nor any limit to how much they can pump. Their stance needs to change to achieve broad community support.
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Medford, Oregon channel 10 news April 1, 2015.
This is not an April Fools' Day joke, but a crisis unfolding before our eyes. Water bottling and beverage bottling companies are flocking to this area like mosquitoes eager to suck every last drop out of this mountain.
Concerned citizens call for action to protect this vital resource for the community and the rest of California who depend on this water.
W.A.T.E.R. Team was on JPR/NPR Radio
The ongoing drought in California is turning attention in a number of directions, including to the water bottling industry. Several companies have come under fire for continuing to bottle water in a state hard-hit by drought.
And in one case, the plant in question is not even open yet: the Crystal Geyser Water Company plant in Mount Shasta.
The approvals and permits are lining up for the operation, but over the strenuous objections of several groups. We hear from water plant opponents.