Nestlé Waters Statement Regarding Proposed Centre County Project

To Press Releases listApr 16, 2018

After careful consideration, we have made the decision not to pursue our proposed project to source water from Spring Township Water Authority Well 2.

As part of our Community First Approach, we engaged the Spring and Benner Township community very early in our process. At the same time, we continued to conduct our due diligence and water source evaluation.

We have spent the last few months in the early stages of our thorough scientific review to evaluate whether STWA Well 2 had the potential to become a water source for our Deer Park® brand. As part of that review, we consider many factors, including the quality and taste of the water, what the science tells us about the hydrogeology and sustainability of the site, the local watershed, the logistics of transporting the product to the market, and much more.

Our rigorous process means that we evaluate far more potential sources than we ever decide to use. The majority do not meet our needs. At this point in the process of considering the source, we have decided not to proceed with STWA Well 2 and instead to continue to look for sources elsewhere.  

We sincerely appreciate that many in the community, including the Chamber of Business and Industry of Centre County, Spring and Benner Township Supervisors, the Spring Township Water Authority, the Bellefonte School District, Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology, and many local residents and businesses in the greater Bellefonte area welcomed us so warmly and embraced our proposed project.

Centre County remains a leading candidate in our search for a third Pennsylvania bottling factory location, with an initial investment of $50 million. We remain optimistic that we can find a source here in Northern Centre County so that we can bring jobs and investment to the area in the near future. We will continue to be available in our Centre County office and by phone and email, and we hope that residents who know about other potential spring sites we should consider will reach out to us.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why did you make this decision?

  • Our review of potential sources is deep and thorough – we consider the quality and taste of the water, what the science tells us about the hydrogeology and sustainability of the site, the local watershed, the logistics of transporting the product to the market, and much more.
  • After a recent meeting with representatives from across our business, we discussed all aspects of this potential project and came to the decision not to proceed with this source.

2. Why now?

  • In all of our potential projects, our internal review process is thorough and often takes many months – or even years – to complete.
  • After the latest round of due diligence reviews, we held a follow-up meeting with a team made up of representatives from every area of our business.
  • This is part of our normal process, and at this point in considering the source, we decided not to proceed with STWA Well 2 and instead to continue to look for sources elsewhere.
  • Now that we've made the decision not to proceed with a project using the STWA source, we wanted to let the community know right away, and thank the STWA and many in the community for supporting our proposed project.

3. Are you still looking in Pennsylvania and/or Centre County?

  • We are still committed to Pennsylvania and especially to Centre County, which remains a leading candidate in our search for a third Pennsylvania bottling factory location, with 50 jobs and an initial investment of $50 million.
  • We will continue to be available in our Centre County office and by phone and email, and we hope that residents who know about other potential spring sites we should consider will reach out to us.
  • We remain optimistic that we can find a source here in Northern Centre County so that we can bring jobs and investment to the area in the near future.

4. Is there a water quality issue with the Spring Township Water Authority (STWA) PW-2?

  • No, all the tests we have seen indicate that water from STWA Well 2 is high quality, safe to drink, and sustainable at the permitted water withdrawal rate.
  • The results of the studies we conducted are consistent with the conclusions in the reports previously submitted to both the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) – Bureau of Safe Drinking Water and the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) as part of the source permitting process.

5. Did the community opposition factor into your decision?

  • No – we appreciate the support of so many residents and leaders in the greater Bellefonte area who welcomed us so warmly and embraced our proposed project.
  • These supporters include the Chamber of Business and Industry of Centre County, Spring and Benner Township Supervisors, the Spring Township Water Authority, the Bellefonte School District, Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology, and many local residents and businesses in the greater Bellefonte area.
  • This support is one of the reasons that Centre County remains a leading candidate in our search for a third Pennsylvania bottling factory location, with 50 jobs and an initial investment of $50 million.

6. How have you engaged with the Centre County community?

  • The thoroughness of our process, as well as our "Community First" approach, mean that we do our due diligence in parallel with our community engagement.
      • As part of this process, we engaged the Spring and Benner Township community very early in our process for determining a new potential factory site.
      • Guided by our new Siting Framework, we approached this community much earlier in our due diligence process than we typically have in the past.
      • Building relationships with residents of communities in which we are considering investing is critically important to us.
      • That’s why we hosted an information session, opened a local office, and announced our intentions to build a third Pennsylvania factory prior to completing our evaluation of the source.