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Governor Kay Ivey joined leaders of Alabama Mineral Springs LLC on Wednesday to celebrate the company’s five-year project to sustainably distribute mineral-rich water from a free-flowing spring in Chilton County.

Alabama Mineral Springs LLC officially began production Wednesday at a $6 million bottling facility at the site where natural spring water was first discovered about 165 years ago.

The company held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and offered tours of the new facility Wednesday morning in the community of Mineral Springs. Bottles of its Simply Artesian water will go on sale to the public in early July.

“I am very pleased to see this historic site being revitalized by a company that wants to offer the world a healthy product that is truly ‘Made in Alabama,'” Ivey said. “This project has been a labor of love and I am grateful to the people at Alabama Mineral Springs LLC for recognizing the great potential here.”

Alabama Mineral Springs LLC was founded in 2019 to capitalize on the high quality of spring water, which the company’s testing shows contains a variety of minerals and six of the seven naturally occurring electrolytes.

The depth from which the aquifer flows is about 200 feet, with the water flowing to the surface without the pollutants that burden surface water.

Diana Windsor, director of sales and marketing for Alabama Mineral Springs LLC, said the free-flowing spring produces about 22,000 gallons per day. The company’s bottling plant can bottle 5,000 servings of spring water per hour.

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“Our mission is to save a precious natural resource and provide healthy hydration to a growing market,” Windsor said. “Our commitment is to capture the pristine purity and inherent goodness of Alabama’s mineral springs that have been valued by local people for generations.”

Bottles of Simply Artesian water will be sold online and available in select grocery and convenience stores in Alabama, Mississippi and the Florida Panhandle starting July 5. The company also plans to seek government contracts and agreements with school systems.

The town’s spring has long been a tourist attraction, supplying water to a healing center and spa for about 50 years. In the 1990s, the Alabama Division of Youth Services established a ranch for boys and girls there. The spring then lay abandoned for nearly 25 years.

As part of its project, Alabama Mineral Springs LLC first had to remove a tangle of wisteria, privet and holly that had grown undisturbed for decades. The company worked with the Collins Chapel Fire Department to remove the old 1911 Mineral Springs Health Resort Hotel in a controlled burn that served as a training exercise in 2021.

Construction of the new facility began in March 2023.

Brenda Tuck, rural development manager for the Alabama Department of Commerce, said Alabama Mineral Springs LLC’s venture is a prime example of an innovative, sustainability-focused project being launched in rural Alabama.

“This company understands the importance of sustainability and has worked hard to minimize their environmental footprint throughout the project,” said Tuck. “They have implemented responsible practices to protect the source for future generations. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for this company.”

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