Butte Falls water plant is running

Can you tell me the status of the Ginger Springs' water bottling plant near Butte Falls? You had something a while back on it, but I haven't heard much more about it.

— Vic S., via email

Regulars at Ashland Food Co-op, the Grange Co-op, Healthway Nutrition Center in Medford and Butte Falls General Store will recognize the 5-liter Pure H2O boxed water containers from Ginger Springs.

The going has been slow since December 2007, when Jerry and Christina Beams began tapping into the springs under an agreement with the city of Butte Falls that allows them to bottle up to 200,000 gallons per day.

More recently, Bill and Delora Risser, who operate a water business in Santa Barbara, Calif., have been piecing together an additional operation that would sell the water in 16-ounce glass containers. Christina Beams said the bottled water will be branded Cascade Mountain Spring Water. The product will be marketed along the Interstate 5 corridor.

It's taken a while to get all the equipment together, according to Curt Tejcka, Delora Risser's brother.

"Getting the glass out here will be the last phase," Tejcka said. "But we're still five months out."

Beams said the plant could be retooled for plastic-bottle orders as well.

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