Nestle Representative and FSU Professor Debate

A representative from Nestle Company met face-to-face with an FSU professor.

The two continued the debate on the water bottling company's interest in using water from a local springs.

Nestle Waters' Natural Resource Manager got the opportunity to respond to community concerns surrounding the company possibly bottling water from Wacissa Springs in Jefferson County.

Kent Koptiuch spoke at the Capital Tiger Bay's Crossfire meeting Tuesday at the Leon County Civic Center.

Dr. Andy Opel, an Environmental Communications Professor at FSU, also got the chance to express his concerns.

Opel says that if Nestle bottles water from Wacissa Springs, it will be damaging to the community.

Koptiuch disagreed and said, contrary to what many people believe, Nestle would not make an outstanding profit from the project.

Koptiuch said, "The margins on bottles water are very thin. You go into a convenient store, sure, you're going to pay $1.25, $1.50 for a bottle. But, that's a mark up that the convenient store gets. We, as a company, do not sell retail. We sale wholesale only."

Dr. Opel said, "They're using our roads, our transportation infrastructure, fouling air and groundwater and leaving the public on the hook to clean up the mess. For any concerned about local environment, the health of Floridians, and the financial future of government; the answer to this question is no--no free water for Nestle, no water mining and no water profiteering."

Nestle has a water bottling plant in Madison County.

Koptiuch says the company provides about 800 jobs in Florida. But, Dr. Opel says there wouldn't be many jobs coming to Jefferson County because he says Nestle would only be using the water, and not new people.

Many of the concerns have been brought up and several community meetings.

But, Tuesday, Koptiuch told attendees that Nestle would not move forward until the company completes its studies on the effects on the spring.

He says they're only six months into the study and have at least a year before the study is done.

Nestle has not applied for a permit to begin pumping from Wacissa Springs.

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  • by we know Location: madison fl. on Jan 12, 2011 at 08:50 PM
    Nestle water plant in our county hauls away from our county between 200-250 trailer loads of water in the spring and summer and about half of that in the fall&winter that does not go back in our water aqua-system.Most of the people who work there come from other counties.Wacissa you're doing the right thing to keep NESTLE OUT !!!!
  • by ya Ya Location: Wacissa on Dec 15, 2010 at 11:43 AM
    Nestle should bottle their water from the Fenholloway River instead. It is a great example of how business treats our natural resources.
  • by Michael Location: Tallahassee on Dec 15, 2010 at 04:51 AM
    It's a very bad business deal for Jefferson County and the people if Florida. Nestle promised 400 jobs then 300 in Madison and has delivered around 140. Nestle had 4 billion in profit last year from bottled water yet the public pays for picking up there bottles. For the 70 trucks to get to the well on the Wacissa you have to drive through a neighborhood, only one way in. A lot of facts didn't come out in the 12 minute per side debate. Please don't jump to concluisons on this subject until you've read a lot more.
  • by Surprise Location: leon county on Dec 15, 2010 at 04:44 AM
    Nestle's sure sent a light weight to that debate.
  • by Elizabeth Location: Tallahassee on Dec 15, 2010 at 04:29 AM
    what's to DEBATE??? stay the heck out of OUR WATER SYSTEM use what's in Sweden when NESTLE belongs..USE YOUR OWN WATER NESTLE. there is NONE enought monies to SELL OUT FLA. oops I forgot CHINA owes the USA
  • by Franklin Thompson Location: Tallahassee on Dec 15, 2010 at 03:15 AM
    Just like a professor; the same liberal 'buzz words' used in their anti business stance.
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