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Friday, October 12, 2007

Fate of two proposed water bottling plants in jeopardy

Published 10/11/07
A water use permit that would have paved the way for a bottled water plant has been denied by a water district governing board, and a special exemption to build a water bottling plant in Columbia County has been withdrawn by the applicant.

But the denial comes with a provision that allows the applicant to reapply at any time without prejudice, Dinges said.

The water use permit that Wray was seeking was for July Springs, a spring located near Ginnie Springs. Wray was requesting to withdraw up to 600,000 gallons of water a day.

Columbia County officials said that Stephen Cheeseman of Santa Fe Springs LLC has withdrawn his request for a special exemption to build a water bottling facility in Columbia County.

A water use permit modified in 2005 allows Cheeseman to withdraw up to 150,000 gallons of water a day but required that a water bottling facility be built within two years.

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