While California remains in the grip of a three year drought – and the worst water crisis in decades – one company wants to build a water bottling plant in Orland. The catch?
They don’t seem to want anyone to know about it.
From the Chico Enterprise Record:Bottled water company proposes to build plant in Orland
ORLAND — A bottled water company is looking to build a bottled water facility in Orland and pump groundwater, and is working its way through the permit process.
A hydrologist working as a consultant for the company gave a presentation to the Glenn County Water Advisory Committee earlier this month and submitted an application to the city of Orland June 17, said Nancy Sailsbery, director of community services for the city.
She said the item will come up at the Glenn County Water Technical Advisory Committee meeting July 15.
While a consultant has met publicly with local leaders, the actual name of the company seeking to build the bottled water company has not been disclosed.
The application is under the name PLP Limited Liability Company (LLC), out of Mammoth Lakes, in care of Triad/Holmes Associates. Triad/Holmes is a civil engineering and land survey firm in Mammoth Lakes.
The environmental consulting firm working on the project is Malcom Prinie Inc. of Emeryville.
Sailsbery said the total water proposed to be bottled would be 160 acre-feet a year, which is about the equivalent of the water needs of 50-60 acres of orchard crops.
We don’t know what company is behind this, but they’ve certainly learned their lesson from Nestle Waters of North America (for the record, I doubt this is Nestle).
Their project people have been working local government for some time before the project becomes too public (bottling plants are suddenly encountering opposition everywhere – even formerly “safe” regions), though the veil of secrecy surrounding this project is beyond the pale.
Exactly how does this kind of secrecy server the public process?