Communities across U.S. offer water bottlers experiences

A proposal by Niagara Bottling to build a processing plant in the Town of Ulster and purchase water from Kingston’s municipal system has touched off this autumn’s biggest local controversy, with hundreds of area residents packing meetings over the last three weeks to protest the deal.

To some opponents, bottled water is seen as an ecological disaster. Others worry that meeting Niagara’s demand for up to 1.75 million gallons a day will overstress and deplete the city’s Cooper Lake watershed in Woodstock.

But interviews with municipal officials in three communities which host Niagara plants — and . . .

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