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Concrete, Wash., Turns Down Bottler’s Request to Buy Town’s Water

By Kimberly Cauvel | Jan. 28, 2014

CONCRETE — The town decided Monday to turn down Niagara Bottling’s interest in purchasing its pristine water, partly to protect the town’s ongoing relationship with another bottling company and partly because of a lack of detail in Niagara’s request.

 Water from Concrete/bottling

An LTI Inc. driver fills two trailers with water from the town’s well in April 2011. LTI transports the water to Advanced H20 in Burlington for bottling. Scott Terrell/Skagit Valley Herald

“It was still in the discussion phase,” said Mayor Jason Miller. “We just decided to end the discussion.”

Niagara Bottling contacted the town early this month seeking to purchase water from the town’s Superior Spring.

The council first learned of the inquiry Jan. 13.

The town’s primary concern was whether Advanced Refreshment — a water bottling company formerly called Advanced H2O that has purchased water from the town since 1998 — had been notified of the new request and whether it would compromise the existing contract.

“That contract is very important to the town. It’s one of the reasons our water utility rates for the citizens is manageable,” Miller said.

The current contract with Advanced does not set a limit on how much water the company can draw, Town Clerk Andrea Fichter said in an email. It brought the town about $115,000 in revenue last year.

Local officials wanted to know how much water Niagara wanted to purchase, how long it planned to do business with the town and whether it would pay for the necessary equipment to draw the water.

 

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