There is a huge water fight brewing in Bloomfield and West Hartford, where many residents say they don’t want a bottle factory impacting their town.
On Thursday, over 150 people attended a meeting in Bloomfield, many of them saying they don’t want California company Niagara Bottling to build a bottle factory in their backyard.
“We want to protect our water supply,” said Peggy Agar.
“We conserve water. They’re getting a lot of water at a discounted rate,” said Val Rossetti.
The company 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.
Organizers of the meeting told Eyewitness News that the town of Bloomfield gave the company a tax abatement of over $4 million to build the factory.
“It’s going to produce millions upon millions of single serve plastic water bottles, many of which never get recycled,” Rossetti said.
“The weather is changing and the word drought is used frequently. So far we’re not having to worry about that here,” Agar added.
Many residents also expressed their concern about the increase in truck traffic to the area.
At the state level, there are elected leaders like Senator Beth Bye who are trying to stop this from happening.
If all goes according to plan, the factory will open in November.
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Residents in West Hartford said they feel betrayed and angry about a bottle factory taking the water from their community.