Nestle Pulls The Plug On Water Bottling Plant

Apr 17, 2018

A Nestle Waters information session in March 2018 drew a big crowd, including many opponents of the company's proposed water bottling plant.
Credit Anne Danahy / WPSU

Nestle is pulling out of the water bottling plant it was looking at building in Spring or Benner township.

A company spokeswoman said Monday that Nestle Waters looks at several factors in deciding where to put a plant. Those include the quality and taste of the water, the sustainability of the site and the logistics of getting the product to market.

The spokeswoman also said that Centre County “remains a leading candidate in our search for a third Pennsylvania bottling factory location, with an initial investment of $50 million.”

She said there are no specific areas the company is looking at in Centre County at this time.

The company had recently opened an office in the Bellefonte area. The project had supporters, but also opponents.

Nittany Valley Environmental Coalition and the Sierra Club Moshannon Group issued a statement thanking the community "for standing with us against Nestle Waters’ proposed plan to take millions of gallons of water from our aquifer and ship it out of the Spring Creek Watershed."

"If Nestle should attempt to take water from our aquifer elsewhere in Centre County, we will be there to fight back," the statement said.