Water bottling to give Weymouth plant new life

Published on December 12, 2015

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,”

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.”