Water bottling to give Weymouth plant new life

Karla Kelly, The Digby Courier
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WEYMOUTH – The one-time Pepsi bottling plant here is being given a new lease on life and it all has to do with water, and lots of it.

Fed from two inland lakes, this unstoppable gush of water from a natural spring has supported three pop bottling plants, quenched many a thirst, filled dry wells and doused fires for many decades.

Now this seemingly endless supply of Nature’s best has drawn the interest of a water bottling business that is breathing life into the old Jones Bottling plant and the future economy of the local area.

Rodger LeDrew, project manager for Canadian Artesian Springs Ltd., said the water from the natural spring is famous for its pure quality and taste and his Dartmouth-based company is in the process of setting up business in the old Pepsi plant formerly known as Jones’ Bottling.

“We researched the feasibility of establishing a water bottling facility here and our company began unprecedented testing on Delaps and Gehue Lakes, the primary water sources, the artesian well and the fountain,” LeDrew said.

“The results were astounding as the Weymouth water came out on top even when compared to treated water.”

LeDrew said the secret of the water’s quality is that a glacier left behind the very best sand and gravel filters to a depth of 30 meters.

“These filters remove any bacteria or unwanted contents that may occur and what comes through to the water fountain is natural, pure and clean tasting water with no residual taste of any kind,”

We have a real appreciation for the water and will continue to provide free drinking water from the fountain. Project manager Rodger LeDrew

he said.

“No wonder folk from all around come to fill their water bottles, it is the finest drinking water found almost anywhere in the world.”

The village of Weymouth has also maintained a regular testing regime for the water from the roadside fountain for safety reasons.

The water pressure is amazing, says LeDrew.

“The water gushes out at over 200 litres a minute and even though we have done extensive work to properly pipe the water for both the plant and the fountain, we need to construct a catch basin for the overflow,” he said.

Production date for the company’s “Canadian Platinum Pure Artesian Water” is set for June and LeDrew says they are anticipating initial employment of 10 to 12 people.

“Our employment numbers could go higher as production ramps up and we are looking to hire locally,” he said. “Our company is delighted to be part of Weymouth and the surrounding communities and we are looking to be here for the long term.”

“We have a real appreciation for the water and will continue to provide free drinking water from the fountain.”

Organizations: Fed, Canadian Artesian Springs

Geographic location: Weymouth

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Recent comments

  • Susan
    September 17, 2016 - 08:12

    what about the current drought ?

  • penny
    August 19, 2016 - 06:55

    when is the pepis plant going too be open I send my...resume... out that's what I like too know when is going too be open....

  • Kim Melanson
    August 11, 2016 - 11:31

    Is there any way to send someone a resume?

  • penny bonnanfant
    December 20, 2015 - 15:24

    whats the address send the ruseam in dartmouth

  • Brittany Robicheau
    December 15, 2015 - 08:32

    was wondering how to apply for this job?

  • ron gee
    December 14, 2015 - 07:48

    Great news to see a new enterprise starting up. Best of luck.

  • Gary Raymond
    December 12, 2015 - 17:50

    I'm so glad to hear that the plant will run again i worked there a few years in the 70's till the 80's great news for the comminuity thanks

    • Poppy P
      December 30, 2015 - 01:11

      Hi Gary ... May I know your experienced in working there?. I am an Indonesian who want to know much about how to apply to this job , I want it for my husband.. is that possible for him?We alaways dreaming to go to your country for working and finding a new life. If yes, how and what we should do to get over there .. thank you before.