California nudist camp accused of stealing water

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Posted: Sep 14, 2014 12:37 PM

LOS GATOS, Calif. (AP) — Officials in Northern California are accusing a nudist resort of stealing water during the state's historic drought.

The San Jose Mercury News (http://bit.ly/1xRDM6S ) reports that rangers with the Midpeninsula Open Space District descended on Lupin Lodge near Los Gatos on Thursday, saying the clothing-optional resort was illegally taking water from a nearby upstream waterfall.

The resort's owners say they are entitled to use the waterfall, which they need to keep their water tank full in case of a fire and to top off their pool for both skinny-dipping and as a backup water source for a fire.

No arrests were made or citations issued Thursday, but rangers dismantled a hose leading from the resort to the waterfall.

The resort is on California's official drought-watch list as one of five communities forced to haul in weekly truckloads of water.

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Information from: San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News, http://www.mercurynews.com