MANTUA – The largest family-owned water bottling plant in the United States is expanding into Brigham City. Niagara Bottling will be bringing additional jobs to the area with its new plant, but it also has some Mantua residents concerned.
The water will be taken from a spring near the north end of Mantua then trucked to Brigham City daily. Mantua Mayor Mike Johnson said there are still a few points Mantua, Brigham City and Niagara Bottling need to come to an understanding on, but he expects it all to be resolved.
The biggest issue seems to be the trucks that will be making trips through Mantua daily.
“Our only concerns until now have been business licensing, a little bit of zoning problem and the weight of the trucks on our road,” he said, “but I think we’ve got most of those issues resolved. Not all, but most.”
Even though the water source is on the north end of Mantua, it is Brigham City water.
“Years ago Brigham City wisely bought much of the water rights up here so that they could supply their city with that water,” Johnson said. “That’s what we have now. They own the reservoir up here and they own a lot of springs and other water rights up here in the valley.”
According to Niagara Bottling, the expansion will create 76 new jobs and retain 35 old jobs from an existing plant. The new plant will be built on a 35-acre Brigham City lot.