The world’s largest water bottler intends to open a bottling plant in Phoenix, tapping a growing thirst for its product in a desert region stressing over its uncertain water future.
Nestle Waters will spend $35 million to revamp a west Phoenix warehouse into a plant treating city water and selling it as Pure Life brand bottles, city and company officials said.
The plant is projected to fill 264 million half-liter bottles in its first year, or almost 35 million gallons.
“It’s certainly ironic to some degree to have a water-bottling plant in one of the driest cities in the country,” Sierra Club Arizona director Sandy Bahr said.
“It’s not a good direction for Phoenix.”