Nestle representatives break-down specifics on water bottling facility
PLEASANT GAP - Nestle water officials were in Centre County Monday night addressing a packed room on its newly proposed water bottling facility.
Many residents in Spring Township wanted to know what it could mean for them. Some told 6News they see it as a risk, while others see it as a huge financial benefit.
According to Nestle, up to 300 gallons of water could be drawn from a well in Spring Township every minute. The water would be transported by a pipeline, to a bottling facility somewhere in Spring or Benner township.
While many residents at Monday's meeting focused on environmental concerns, several Centre County officials pointed out the perks.
"From what i'm seeing, there is a fairly sizable investment into the Bellefonte area," said David Capperella, the Spring Township vice chairman. "There's a limited impact on the water supply and the economic benefits are substantial.
Since Nestle is looking to build within the Bellefonte Area School District, school officials said they could receive up to $160,000 in tax money.
"We happen to have a great spring and a great supply, and Nestle will only be tapping into one percent of that," said Michelle Saylor, the Bellefonte Area School District superintendent. "We feel like this is a win-win."
Protesters outside held "Say no to Nestle" signs and organized petitions.
Capperella hopes those against Nestle see the bigger picture.
"There is already a water bottling plant in the region. It's in Milesburg, and it's been there for about two decades," he said. "It's already happening and people don't seem to know about that.