That’s how this scheme sounds to me, anyway:
A water bottling business in the desert?
Doesn’t seem like a sound business plan.
But Nestlé Waters plans to spend $35 million to re-purpose a west Phoenix warehouse at 43rd Avenue and Buckeye Road.
According to CNN, the plant is projected to use almost 35 million gallons to fill 264 million half-liter bottles in its first year, though the U.S. drought monitor lists Phoenix and most of Arizona under moderate drought.
City of Phoenix Water Services says there’s no problem:
Phoenix uses only around half of its Salt and Verde River water supplies, and around two-thirds of its Colorado River water supplies.
According to the city, the plant will create approximately 40 to 50 jobs in the first phase. Nestlé said by the third year of operating, there may be 100 workers. City Water Services spokesperson Stephanie Bracken said Nestlé will be paying the standard city water rate that all residential, commercial, and multi-family Phoenix Water customers pay.
This is the rate. You might think it would be higher than that, what with being in the frigging desert and all, but apparently not.