Silver Springs Bottled Water Co. buying Hickory Spring Bottling in Calhoun County and it’s certainly not the ideal Governor Nikki Haley wants you to believe. South Carolina is what you would call a last resort for a company whose water resource is vanishing, and 2nd Silver Springs Bottled Water Inc. already operates Hickory Springs Bottling. Georgia has a long history of disputes over water rights with other states, so South Carolina it is.
Prior to Silver Springs Bottled Water Co. so-call recent announcement of buying Hickory Springs Bottling I find it odd a bottling company has a President and his executives of another bottling company as its competition be its director prior to March announcement.
“The Silver Springs Bottled Water group of companies is pleased to announce the acquisition and expansion of Hickory Springs Bottling, Inc. We are excited to build on the foundation that has been established by Rick Stewart and his team at Hickory Springs Bottling. We look forward to Mr. Stewarts continued leadership through this exciting time of expansion. The positive environment established by the state of South Carolina, Calhoun County, and the Central S.C. Alliance were a key factor in making the timing and location of this expansion right. We are eager to become an active part of the growing, local community.” –Silver Springs Bottled Water CEO Kane Richmond
Simply stated ‘Vanishing Springs’ describes Florida’s water resource. There is even a Move-on Petition and discussions of 1.5 Billion dollars proposal to save Florida’s water. The area where the water is vanishing is also the area Silver Springs Bottled Water Co. gets its water from. Marion County in which Silver Springs Bottled Water Co. is headquarters is under water restriction.
If the city of Ocala where Silver Springs Bottled Water Co. gets its water, they were asked to find alternative an alternative water resource in 2011 and report studies going back to at least 2000 suggest Florida spring waters were disappearing. like Silver Springs Bottled Water Co. should also have reason to be concerned after continued discussion for years on the issue.
“The St. Johns River Water Management District has given the city of Ocala written permission to use the Lower Floridan Aquifer as an alternative water source.”
St. Johns has told the city that by 2027 it cannot draw any more water from the Floridan Aquifer than it is already allocated. It can continue to take its allocation but no more than that.
So, to accommodate any future growth, the city was told it needed to find an alternative water source…….Right now, the city uses about 12.85 million gallons on average a day. In 2027, that usage is expected to grow to about 17.5 million gallons a day.
One of the culprits some believe for Florida’s vanishing waters happens to be water bottling companies and St. Johns River Water Management District continued allowance of these companies to do so.
For example in 2008 an article title, ‘Another water outrage’ had this to say: http://www.ocala.com/article/20080805/OPINION/110339048
“The citizens of Central Florida are already in an angry frenzy over St. Johns’ unabashed push to award a water-pumping permit to California-based Niagara Bottling to withdraw some 484,000 gallons a day, or 177 million gallons a year, near Groveland…….There is no way, no way at all, the St. Johns River Water Management District can convince the people of Marion County that allowing profiteers to suck tens of millions of gallons of water from the ground while instituting water conservation orders is sane, sound water policy.”
Not only face with water shortages, Silver Springs Bottled Water Co. would be face with a limitation to its companies growth beyond that which their permit allowed with St. Johns River Water Management District which provides the permits. St. Johns River Water Management District executive director , Hans Tanzler, announced on Friday his resignation, in-spite areas of improvement, he felt it time to pass the position to someone else.
This perhaps explain what already appeared to be Silver Springs Bottled Water Co. Kane Richmond as director of Hickory Springs Bottling in 2014 with Silver Springs Bottled Water Co. President and other Silver Springs Bottled Water Co executives acting as Directors to Hickory Springs Bottling a year ago
No company wants to be faced with its own limitation to grow, and while Governor Nikki Haley brags about Silver Springs Bottled Water Co. creating jobs I have to wonder if they are only re-positioning themselves in the state of South Carolina where the focus isn’t hasn’t been about vanishing spring waters
Re-positioning is keyword because if that with faced with limitations of growth in Florida because of Florida’s vanishing springs; it stands to reason are 37 jobs being created or is Silver Springs Bottled Water Co. moving some of its own people to the Hickory Springs Bottling to re-focus an attempt at expanding its business in South Carolina where there aren’t focus studies saying the water is scarce. Do we really think if the city of Ocala has been limited in water usage, Silver Springs Bottled Water Co. hasn’t been limited as well?
Announcing jobs may get some companies tax credits, but doesn’t it gets South Carolinian’s jobs, since some companies have habit of relocating workers and apparently for some time according to records below Silver Springs Bottled Water Co. has had a hand in running Hickory Springs Bottling but from reading on the expansions, if you look at the 2013, 2014 and February 2015 dates in the images below Kane Richmond was director at Hickory Springs Bottling while the current President at Silver Springs Bottled Water Co. I question of Silver Springs bottled Water Co. has more ties to Hickory Springs Bottling than its willing to reveal. How odd a sitting President of another company producing the same item is director of your competitor. From most accounts on the expansion Kane Richmond doesn’t make it known his already involvement with Hickory Springs Bottling for sometime. In the image dating March 2015 list Kane Richmond as President which further shows with the switch in position this hoopla over Hickory Springs Bottling expansion isn’t really all of it seems.
Protection & Restoration
David B. Struhs, Secretary
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Citizens of the State of Florida
The Florida Springs Task Force
The most pristine springs in Florida are
those found in the Ocala National Forest, with basins that encompass a limited range of land uses
and few water supply wells. In general, Florida springs, whether found in urban or rural settings,
public parks or private lands, are seriously threatened by actual and potential flow reductions and
declining water quality.
In the past, local officials with responsibility for development decisions have not necessarily
possessed sufficient information to make the best possible choices on behalf of spring health.
Better information is now available to local governments, but the complexities of Florida’s karst
environments pose unanswered questions even to hydrogeologists. Florida’s water supply
managers face an ongoing struggle: to provide a plentiful supply of clean drinking water while
maintaining spring discharge.
Hickory Springs Bottling, Inc. filed as a Domestic for Profit Corporation in the State of Florida on Thursday, November 13, 2014 and is approximately one year old, according to public records filed with Florida Department of State. The filing is currently active as of the last data refresh which occured on Sunday, September 1, 2013.