Evart manager says Nestlé, Evart relationship is great – not our issue

December 29, 2016

By John Raffel
Correspondent

The New Year is likely to provide intriguing updates on various news stories including the request from Nestlé Waters, which is asking the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for permission to increase its drawing capacity at the White Springs Well No. 101 in Osceola Township, which the company owns, according to local published reports.

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Ice Mountain wants to increase the draw on water from the White Springs Well Number 101 in Osceola Township.

Ice Mountain wants to increase the draw on water from the White Springs Well Number 101 in Osceola Township.

estlé Waters has a multi-million dollar expansion project at its Ice Mountain bottling plant in neighboring Mecosta County.
Evart City Manager Zack Szakacs said earlier this week the issue is one of concern, location wise for Osceola Township, more so than Evart. But he and Evart officials are keeping an eye on the situation.

“They’re averaging 250 gallons per minute and they’re asking to increase it to 400, a 150 gallon increase,” Szakacs said. “It was going along fine for Nestle Ice Mountain, and then the water conservation people got involved and started making comments and the DEQ decided to extend the comments. They’re allowing people to have comments until March 3, 2017).”

At issue is the environmental impact the proposal would have on Chippewa and Twin Creeks.

The current issue doesn’t involve the city, Szakacs said.

“We’re contracted with Nestlé with two wells so they can pump spring water out of them,” he said. “They’re a regular customer like our residents and we sell water to them. That contract goes to 2025. We’ve had a great working relationships with Nestlé and will continue to do so. This other issue is with the DEQ, (Osceola) township and Nestlé. They want to increase their pumpage and (some) people don’t want them to.”



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