Coca Cola’s Peats Ridge plant to stop producing bottled water

Coca Cola Amatil has closed its Peats Ridge bottling plant, citing a decreased demand for bottled water and offering four redundancies to employees.

The small facility has been running since July 2003, and had a licence to extract 66 megalitres of aquifer water each year from Gosford City’s main water supply.

Water extraction was increased in 2008, reports the ABC, with community concerns on the effect this would have on groundwater.

CCA will consolidate its bottling NSW operations after the closure, which has been blamed on lowered demand for bottled water.

"We have a number of spring water sources in NSW and we balance our supply across all the sources while maintaining the sustainability of the sources at all times,” a spokeswoman told News Limited.

The company will still extract water from the aquifer, though would not say how much. The site would continue to be maintained by staff.

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