Nestle« still searching the area for water source

Given the cold shoulder by the city of Enumclaw, the giant Nestle« corporation hasn’t abandoned its quest of locating a bottling plant in the Pacific Northwest - in fact, the company hasn’t turned away from south King County.

  • Tuesday, December 9, 2008 2:28pm
  • News

Given the cold shoulder by the city of Enumclaw, the giant Nestle« corporation hasn’t abandoned its quest of locating a bottling plant in the Pacific Northwest - in fact, the company hasn’t turned away from south King County.

The city of Black Diamond has caught the attention of Nestle« and Dave Palais, the natural resource manager for Nestle Water North America. Palais appeared before the Black Diamond City Council the evening of Aug. 21, making a presentation similar to the one made a few months earlier in Enumclaw.

Nestle« is the largest producer of bottled water in the United States and boasts production plants throughout the U.S. and Canada. Water is bottled under a variety of labels; in the West, customers are familiar with the Arrowhead brand, while customers in other parts of the nation might be drinking Ozarka or Ice Mountain.

Currently, Nestle« trucks its bottled water to the Northwest, a situation the company is hoping to bring to an end. Palais earlier said the goal of Nestle Water North America is to build a plant in either Washington or Oregon. The company has no facilities in the upper tier of the U.S.

Nestle« is looking for a community that has natural spring water as part of its municipal supply. According to the presentation made in Black Diamond, the company would plan on drawing about 300 gallons per minute from a natural spring, capturing the water before it becomes part of the municipal supply. The water would be diverted to a bottling plant nearby, with Nestle« picking up the tab for all infrastructure costs.

Nestle« is envisioning a plant about 250,000 square feet in size that would require about 45 employees. In the plant, raw material would be turned into plastic bottles, which would immediately be filled and shipped.

Palais’ presentation noted the operation represents an investment of about $50 million on Nestle’s behalf. The company hopes to have a plant operating by 2010.

According to Black Diamond City Administrator Gwendolyn Voelpel, “both sides are very early in the exploratory/feasibility stage.”

Palais’ presentation noted that additional work is needed to determine Black Diamond’s water source and supply, to evaluate engineering issues and to learn more about the community.

Palais didn’t get very far following his pitch to the Enumclaw City Council. City Hall was inundated with public comments, nearly all of them opposed to the idea of Nestle« locating in town. Some were concerned about the impact on the city’s long-term water supply, others shuddered at the thought of perhaps an additional 100 trucks rumbling through town and still others were concerned that Nestle might make promises that wouldn’t be kept.

An ad hoc committee was formed to study the proposal, but most city leaders agreed to scrap the idea before it went very far. Two council members complained that the city should at least take a fair look at the Nestle« plan, but public sentiment was overwhelmingly against the concept.

After being rebuffed by Enumclaw, Palais approached the city of Orting. Discussions with that community are proceeding.

Reach Kevin Hanson at khanson@courierherald.com or 360-802-8205.

More in News

Black Diamond hits the reset button

The new Black Diamond City Council wasted no time on settling in and testing the political waters. On their first meeting of the year, new Councilwomen Melissa Oglesbee and Erin Stout and returning Councilwomen Tamie Deady and Janie Edelman marched through a long list of agenda items, many of which reversed council policies and goals set over the last two years.

Citizen group urges council to start pool planning

With the Sumner High School pool closing at the end of the 2018-2019 swim season, residents are asking the City of Bonney Lake to build a city pool to house the Panther and Spartan swim teams. A presentation on why the council should start planning a pool as quickly as possible is being held Tuesday, Jan. 23.

Teacher, student reconnect at living center after 66 years

A person can change in 66 years. At the very least, they’re going to look pretty different. So when Robert Terrell, 96, and Margaret (Peggy) Burley, 75, ran into each other at Bonney Lake’s Cedar Ridge assisted living facility last August, neither of them realized they had met before — at an elementary school, where he was a fourth-grade teacher, and she was a part of his first ever class.

Former Plateau resident lands role with Marvel T.V. series

McKay Stewart, who spent much of his childhood in Enumclaw and Bonney Lake, will be joining the Marvel universe in a new episode of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” airing Friday, Jan. 19.

Library’s art and writing contest returns to Pierce County | Pierce County Library System

Pierce County teens are encouraged to express themselves through writing, painting, drawing and more for the annual Our Own Expressions competition, hosted by the Pierce County Library System.

Sumner School District seeks name ideas for new elementary school

Want to name your new local school? Just fill out a short form by Jan. 26

Judge reproaches Black Diamond mayor, former city council majority

In a summary judgement hearing, King County Superior Court Judge Janet Helson said she was troubled by both the actions of Black Diamond Mayor Carol Benson and former City Council majority Pat Pepper, Brian Weber, and Erika Morgan over the last two years concerning potential Open Public Meetings Act violations.

Man shot in Burnett; suspect turns himself in

According to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, the victim was driven to the Burnett Store in order to report he was shot by his brother. The suspect turned himself in approximately three hours later.

Garbage, water, sewer rates increase in Enumclaw

Having made the leap into a new year, Enumclaw property owners are now seeing increases to nearly all their utility rates. Here’s a look at the 2018 increases for city services, along with the financial impact on customers.

Most Read