Nestle hosting open house on Thursday

OSCEOLA TWP. — Nestlé Waters North America is holding an open house from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 5, at the Osceola Township Hall, said Osceola County Commissioner Roger Elkins.

As part of growing its spring water bottling operation at the facility, Nestlé Waters has asked the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for permission to increase its draw capacity at the White Springs Well No. 101 in Osceola Township, which the company owns.

Currently the draw capacity at the well is 250 gallons per minute. Nestlé has requested the DEQ to allow it to draw up to 400 gpm, according to its application.

A public comment period was to expire on Nov. 3, but the DEQ extended public comment for 30 days, and then an additional 90 days. It now is open until March 3, 2017, and the DEQ also plans to have a public meeting.