Water authority OKs Niagara agreement

by Sarah Fay Campbell

The agreements that will bring the Niagara bottled water plant to Coweta County were approved Wednesday by the Coweta County Water and Sewerage Authority.

Niagara will buy water from the authority and then put the water through its own purification process for bottling. The company, which is the country’s largest private-label bottled water provider, is building a facility in the Shenandoah Industrial Park and plans to have it up and running by the end of the year.

Coweta County Development Authority President Greg Wright, Coweta County Administrator Michael Fouts, and Justin Bickle with Niagara were on hand at the water and sewerage authority meeting Wednesday.

“I just want to say thank you and I appreciate everything y’all have done for this,” Bickle said. “I look forward to a long and fruitful relationship.”

“We’re tickled to have you,” said authority member Eric Smith. “We’re so delighted you chose Coweta County.”

Smith said he was thankful to Authority CEO Jay Boren and the entire authority team for their work on the project.

“The county has certainly done double duty with this thing,” said Chairman Neal Shepard.

It’s a prime example of what can be accomplished with community partnerships, said Fouts. “I can think back to the initial meeting we had — there were a lot of partners around the table."

The authority approved a service agreement that outlines the water that the authority will provide to the company, and also approved a project agreement.

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