KPNX: Questions envelope new water-bottling plant

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Phoenix’s 12News spoke with Sarah Porter, director of ASU’s Kyl Center for Water Policy at Morrison Institute, about plans for a Nestlé water-bottling plant in west Phoenix that will bottle millions of gallons of filtered tap water in one of the driest states in the nation.

"If this were a new Coke or Pepsi factory, we wouldn't be having this conversation," Porter said. "If this were a new brewery, we'd probably be celebrating."

Porter's point: Virtually every business that makes something uses a lot of water. The Nestlé plant, whose product is water, focuses attention on manufacturing's need for water.

This will be the fourth water-bottling plant in Phoenix, city officials said. The Nestlé plant's water use amounts to less than one-tenth of one percent of the supply.

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