California company to bottle Aurora water

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AURORA, Colo. -- A California company is bringing a water bottling plant to Aurora after the city council approved the plan Monday night.

Niagara Bottling of California will build a 177,000 square foot facility at Prologis Park 70, near E-470 and I-70.

The company says it will create 36 full-time jobs while investing about $10 million for land and building improvements and another $20 million in capital equipment.

Some residents are unhappy that no public hearings were held about the 10-year contract that was signed last night.

“We would have liked to have had a more open process, with hearings so we would know where our water is set to go,” said long-time Aurora resident Duane Senn.

Niagara will use about 300,000 gallons of Aurora’s water per day, six days a week, which city leaders say is less than 1% of all water produced.

The mayor indicated even though tax payers have been paying extra costs for the Prairie water project, this deal, “could help residents get lower water bills.” But Duane Senn says he has never seen increases taken off the books, once put in place.

Aurora’s water is always ranked at the top of the list when it comes to best tasting water in the country. It’s one of the big reasons Niagara Bottling wanted to come to Aurora.

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