LOS GATOS (AP) — Officials in Northern California are accusing a nudist resort of stealing water during the state’s historic drought.
The San Jose Mercury News 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 on 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.