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Michigan residents express concerns about water wells
Nestle Waters North America (NWNA) announced a $36-million expansion of its Ice Mountain plant in Mecosta County, Mich. As part of the expansion, the company is asking to increase the capacity of groundwater it is allowed to pull from its White Pines Springs site in Osceola County, Mich., from 250 to 400 gpm.
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) approved the current 250 gpm in January 2016 from the previous 100 gpm capacity. The 2015 average was 99 gpm. Nestle has not published the 2016 average yet.
“We have an extensive monitoring program. We have 100 monitoring locations. We’re completely confident that this increase can sustain the increase,” NWNA Natural Resource Manager Arlene Anderson-Vincent.
The township relies on well water and most of the concerns include the potential impact the increase could have on residential well supplies.
The MDEQ is giving the public until March 3, 2017, to comment on the proposal before making a final decision. Written comments can be submitted by email to [email protected] or by mail to:
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
Office of Drinking Water and Municipal Assistance
P.O. Box 30241
Lansing, MI 48909-7741