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West Hartford residents raise concerns about bottle facility

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Residents in West Hartford said they feel betrayed and angry about a bottle factory taking the water from their community. (WFSB) Residents in West Hartford said they feel betrayed and angry about a bottle factory taking the water from their community. (WFSB)
WEST HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Residents in West Hartford said they feel betrayed and angry about a bottle factory taking the water from their community.

On Monday evening, residents told the town and The Metropolitan District Commission they want the company stopped in its tracks.

The biggest concern is the impact having a bottle factory will have on the environment.

“We're the ones making the changes to conserve our water for the future. But now this company is going to come in and reap the benefit of the conservation,” said Neal Spencer, of West Hartford.

California-based Niagara Bottling wants to build a 443,000 square foot facility on Woodland Avenue in Bloomfield.

The water would come from an MDC facility that serves both West Hartford and Bloomfield, but people said they are concerned about how it will impact the water supply.

“The primary issue here is water conservation. Water being taken for a cheap cost that's being commodified by corporations,” Spencer said.

Another concern is the discount the company was getting on their water.

Local leaders told the crowd they found out about the plans at the same time residents did.

State Senator Beth Bye said she is trying to figure out how she can block the plan.

If all goes according to plan, the plant will open in November.

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