Nestle Waters North America is considering its legal options in a Michigan case examining the company's rights to use water supplies in a similar way to all other water users across the state.

Nestle Waters won a court ruling in Michigan last December but plaintiffs have asked for permission to appeal to the State Supreme Court. The ruling granted continued use of water by Nestle Waters' Stanwood-based Ice Mountain bottling facility.

Nestle Water said the ruling upheld key aspects of Michigan's historic water use law balancing the equal rights of all water users - including agriculture, manufacturing, domestic, recreation and food and beverage production, among others - to make fair and reasonable use of water resources.

"While we believe the appropriate determinations have been made on most of the key legal issues of this case, Nestle Waters is assessing the legal options available," said Nestle Waters attorney Michael Haines.