State Fines Tuolumne County Spring Water Firm

It is the first fine levied against a commercial water bottling business this year.

The culprit is Sugar Pine Spring Water of Tuolumne County and they face almost $250,000 in fines after ignoring notices to stop tapping Sierra Nevada spring water for two years.

Founded in the early 1990s, Sugar Pine has held junior water rights for quite a while, though they had been curtailed in 2014 and 2015 because of the drought.

Officials say that Sugar Pine Spring Water owner Scott Fahey refused to show inspectors his operation, which are behind a locked gate on a secluded road.

Fahey can challenge the sanction that would prevent his firm from further tapping of spring water.

Further reading on the water fine can be found here.