July 31, 1997 |
The water that bubbles up from Sasoonan Spring in northern Chester County is so pristine that, for four decades, the Great Bear Water Co. has been bottling it and selling it to the health-minded for its purity. The company was considered a good neighbor in rural South Coventry Township because it never took more water than what rose naturally into the spring. But Great Bear is considered a good neighbor no more. The company is facing intense opposition from area residents and politicians over its plan to drill a well at the spring and pump 95,000 gallons a day from the same supply that provides drinking water to the people who live here.
July 28, 1997 |
Bottled-water giant Perrier may be ordered to perform a new round of tests before state environmental officials rule on its request to increase the amount of water it wants to take from a northern Chester County spring. John Fabian of the Department of Environmental Protection said on Friday that such an order is under consideration, and that a decision may be announced at a public meeting the agency is scheduled to hold at 6:30 tomorrow evening in the Owen J. Roberts Middle School auditorium.
June 4, 1997 |
Twenty-three years ago, Sue Bartelt's parents celebrated her mother's pregnancy with a memorable meal at a promising little Center City dining spot. Now a young woman living in Jersey City, Bartelt wanted to treat her mother, Pearl, to another special meal at that now-26-year-old - and nationally known - restaurant, Le Bec-Fin. In 100 words or less, Bartelt was one of more than 100 entrants in an online Take-Your-Mom-to-Lunch-at-Le Bec-Fin essay contest who wrote about a mother who they felt deserved so fine a culinary outing.
March 27, 1997 |
Hydrologists for an environmental group in northern Chester County have contested the Perrier Group's claims that groundwater will not be depleted by withdrawing 95,000 gallons a day and trucking it away to be bottled and sold. "It's my considered opinion that that's hogwash," said Thomas H. Cahill, a consultant for the Green Valleys Association, at a Tuesday night meeting of government officials to discuss the situation. Cahill and two others have concluded that there is not enough groundwater to accommodate both the future growth of the area and the withdrawal requested by the Perrier Group, which owns the Great Bear Water Co. Even now, they said, periods of drought and low rainfall would mean private wells would be affected and the unnamed stream near the South Coventry property owned by Perrier could run dry. "It's not that the water's not there," deadpanned Green Valleys executive director Ralph Heister.
March 9, 1997 |
Chester County taxpayers are helping underwrite the legal costs that South Coventry Township faces in its battle with Perrier over the withdrawal of groundwater from a site that the bottled-water giant owns in the township. Last week, the Chester County commissioners learned that taxpayers have also been subsidizing some of the research that Perrier is using to try to prove it won't diminish the groundwater supply. "We may be funding both sides of the issue," said Commissioners Chairwoman Karen Martynick.
March 6, 1997 |
Forget corn and soybeans. These days, water appears to be the cash crop of choice in northern Chester County. Recently, Michael and Janet Polay decided to jump into the profitable spring-water market by filing a curative amendment in West Vincent Township. If approved, it would allow them to withdraw up to 100,000 gallons a day from a spring on their property on St. Andrews Road. The first hearing on the amendment is set for April 7 in the Ludwigs Corner Fire Hall. In their application to the township, the Polays said they want to build a spring house and storage tanks for the water, as well as a system of pipes and pumps.
February 24, 1997 |
A company that has run into local objections to its plan to withdraw springwater from a bore hole for bottling and sale said Friday that hydro-geologists have determined that there is plenty of water in the area for all. Perrier Group, which owns the Great Bear Water Co., now plans to ask the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC), an interstate water regulatory agency, for permission to pump an average of 95,000 gallons of water a day from a spring on its property near Harmonyville Road in northern Chester County and truck it away.
August 28, 1996 |
"When the well is dry, we know the worth of water. " The quote from Benjamin Franklin's Poor Richard's Almanac was prominently displayed Monday in Owen J. Roberts Middle School, where about 125 people attended an emotionally charged meeting. To some, it was the opening skirmish in a David-and-Goliath fight between northern Chester County residents and corporate America - specifically, the Perrier Group. The company has drilled a 192-foot bore hole to prepare for a possible expansion of its water-pumping plant.
June 23, 1996 |
Connoisseurs of French cuisine happily pay $102 a person, plus tax, tip and wine, for dinner at Georges Perrier's world-renowned Le Bec-Fin restaurant. Come fall, Perrier plans to open a second Walnut Street restaurant - one block west of Le Bec-Fin - with dinner prices one-fifth of those at Le Bec-Fin. Construction on Perrier's still-unnamed bistro will begin tomorrow at 1619 Walnut St., in a building owned for a quarter-century by Temple University. On Tuesday, the university sold the building for $1,375,000 to the Board of City Trusts, which is leasing two floors to Perrier.
May 19, 1996 |
Going to the spring for clear, cool water may conjure images of families filling jugs at a bubbling stream. But in this Chester County township, local government officials fear that a "giant straw" run 190 feet deep into a spring in Pigeon Creek may put their water supply in jeopardy. Controversy began flooding South Coventry after officials learned that Perrier was sucking up spring water at the company's facility near the northern border of the township and trucking it to New Jersey for testing.