Real Questions Deserve Answers

Since we first announced our plans for the Crystal Geyser Water Company Bottling Plant, we’ve heard a lot of your comments and questions. We’ve listened. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions, along with our answers.

General

Crystal Geyser Water Company was founded in 1977 as a California company, with all of our operations located in the state. Our employees live here, our customers live here, and the majority of our healthy, natural beverages are sold and distributed here. We therefore also have concerns about the future and have a vested interest in helping to preserve California, ensuring it is safe and sustainable.Our facility in Mt. Shasta is not new, but rather we are reopening an existing bottling plant that in years past was operated by another tenant. We have taken it upon ourselves to ensure that the upgrades we are making employ conservation measures whenever possible. For example, our Mt. Shasta facility will be a LEED certified plant, recognized for Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design. We have also identified technology that rinses bottles with air instead of water, dramatically reducing the amount of water required to bottle our products. With this new technique, we anticipate that once the first line is fully running, the Mt. Shasta water bottling plant will use <1% of the total average daily water production of Big Springs, one of several springs in the Mt. Shasta area. Additionally, we are actively monitoring our water use. Everything we do is done with the goal of trying to ensure that all of the water we use goes directly into the bottle. There is no question that during times of drought all California manufacturers that use water in any capacity must adapt to conserve resources, just as we have done. All Californians are in this together, and Crystal Geyser Water Company remains committed to employing sustainable business practices
Our facility is located in Siskiyou County, just outside the Mount Shasta city limits on Ski Village Drive.
Among the numerous locations we considered, we selected Mt. Shasta for its abundant, pristine water source and an existing facility that could meet Crystal Geyser’s business
needs as well as bring jobs and economic benefits to the region and keep jobs in California.
Our vision for the facility is to produce the finest all-natural beverages. Production will ramp up gradually; our plan is to start bottling our Crystal Geyser Sparkling Waters first, then Metromint, a zero-calorie, mint-flavored beverage and Juice Squeeze, a lightly carbonated fruit juice and lastly Tejava, a premium iced tea.
We expect our facility will open for production in late-2015
We will begin production with our sparkling water product. Once that line is fully operational, our intention is to begin production of our flavored beverages and then tea, most likely in 2016.
Overall, Crystal Geyser’s new facility means good things for the Mount Shasta community. The Crystal Geyser plant will generate tax revenue and bring much-needed jobs to the region.
The Mt. Shasta plant will employ about 60 people once it is fully operational, which will take several months. During that time, the plant will be running at reduced production requiring a workforce of approximately 25-35 individuals. In the coming years it is our intention to open a second line of production, which will require additional full-time staff.The plant will require full-time, highly skilled positions in maintenance, production, quality assurance, warehousing, and office staff. Crystal Geyser will provide training for these positions, details of which will be made available closer to the opening of the plant. All full-time employees will be eligible for full benefits including medical, dental, vision and 401K.We plan to fill as many jobs as possible with employees that are based locally, depending on applicant’s’ technical skills. Existing Crystal Geyser employees from other plant locations will fill some of the initial positions, although the number of individuals that are interested in transferring has yet to be determined. Those individuals will help with training of new employees because they are familiar with our process.
Hiring has already begun as we’ve completed our first two hires. We are looking forward to meeting more local candidates at the Siskiyou County Job Fair on May 11.

Resource Management

We anticipate the Mount Shasta bottling plant will use an average of 115,000 gallons per day. This amounts to less than one percent of the total average daily water production of Mount Shasta Big Springs (source: CalTrout). If a second production line is installed at the plant, projected in five to seven years, we anticipate using an average of 217,000 gallons a day.
The Dannon Facility Engineering Report in 2005 reported that they would use approximately 288,000 gallons per day with two bottling lines in operation.
Aquifer testing conducted by Dannon prior to 2001 indicated that operations would have no significant impact on surrounding wells and groundwater. Dannon and Coca Cola used the same groundwater production well that Crystal Geyser will be using with no known effects on the surrounding groundwater. Prior to purchasing the Mount Shasta facility, Crystal Geyser conducted a year of due diligence to ensure that facility operations were compatible with and would not adversely impact the surrounding environment. Tests (including an aquifer pump test), a review of hydrogeological information and data analyses conducted by environmental engineers concluded that operations would have no significant impact on surrounding wells and groundwater. According to California Trout, Crystal Geyser would use less than one percent of the total daily water production of Mount Shasta Big Springs at one production line.
Since joining the Mt. Shasta community we have been in regular communication with community leaders to ensure our operations are sustainable and will not impact the environment in any detrimental way. All studies have indicated that our pumping will have no significant impact on the aquifer. We do not anticipate any wells will be affected by our operations; however, we encourage any community members to come forward if they are experiencing issues and we will work together to understand the cause of the problem. Studies have also shown that many shallow, residential wells may be impacted by seasonal precipitation changes. Because our well is much deeper, our well is in a different groundwater zone and is drawing decades old water and not seasonal precipitation.
We will monitor the effluent at our facility, meeting all wastewater regulatory standards, before entering the city’s distribution system. We will utilize both the city sanitary system we are connected to as well as our approved onsite leach field. Our estimated wastewater discharge is 25,000 to 50,000 gallons per day, which is significantly less than Coke / Dannon was authorized to do.
We currently monitor the outflow at Big Springs and have for many years. Additionally, we monitor three deep wells, including our production well. We provide quarterly reports on this data to the Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB). At this time, we know CalTrout is also actively monitoring Big Springs in the City Park.

Environmental

Yes, we are planning for the facility to be LEED certified
There should be very little impact to area traffic with only an average of 25 trucks (50 trips) per day entering and exiting our facility via Mount Shasta Boulevard enroute to the I-5 overpass north of the City.
We have secured a truck access easement from a Mt. Shasta property owner to prevent truck traffic from using Ski Village Drive. No Crystal Geyser trucks will travel through downtown Mount Shasta.

Other

Crystal Geyser Water Company was founded in 1977 as a California company, with all of our operations located in the state. Our employees live here, our customers live here, and the majority of our healthy, natural beverages are sold and distributed here. We therefore also have concerns about the future and have a vested interest in helping to preserve California, ensuring it is safe and sustainable.Our facility in Mt. Shasta is not new, but rather we are reopening an existing bottling plant that in years past was operated by another tenant. We have taken it upon ourselves to ensure that the upgrades we are making employ conservation measures whenever possible. For example, our Mt. Shasta facility will be a LEED certified plant, recognized for Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design. We have also identified technology that rinses bottles with air instead of water, dramatically reducing the amount of water required to bottle our products. With this new technique, we anticipate that once the first line is fully running, the Mt. Shasta water bottling plant will use <1% of the total average daily water production of Big Springs, one of several springs in the Mt. Shasta area. Additionally, we are actively monitoring our water use. Everything we do is done with the goal of trying to ensure that all of the water we use goes directly into the bottle. There is no question that during times of drought all California manufacturers that use water in any capacity must adapt to conserve resources, just as we have done. All Californians are in this together, and Crystal Geyser Water Company remains committed to employing sustainable business practices.
We are a California-based company. We bottle and sell our products in California. We are committed to responsibly managing water and employing sustainable technologies and business practices. We are committed to preserving Mt. Shasta’s culture and ensuring the long-term health of the Mt. Shasta community by creating jobs, generating income for its residents, and providing revenue for the town of Mt. Shasta and Siskiyou County.
We have secured a truck access easement from a Mt. Shasta property owner to prevent truck traffic from using Ski Village Drive. No Crystal Geyser trucks will travel through downtown Mount Shasta.