Nestle Waters North America Inc. has secured extra supplies for its Ice Mountain Natural Spring Water plant in Michigan. The plant was hit by a lawsuit in 2003 limiting the amount of water it could draw from underground wells.

The city of Evart in Michigan, 40 miles from the plant, has agreed to sell water from one of its three wells to Nestle for 88 cents for every 1,000 gallons. The company expects to start purchasing the water from the city by midsummer.

The agreement also gives Nestle the option to build a second local water-bottling plant in Evart to tap the two other wells in the city. The company would have to pay US$200,000 plus the cost of the water if it took out this option.

In February last year, a judge turned down Nestle's request for a retrial after an earlier court case ruled that the company could not draw water from wells in a Michigan county. Nestle Waters has also had the monthly pumping average of wells that feed its plant limited to 250 gallons per minute by the courts.