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Nestle closes water bottling plant in Phoenix shortly after opening

The facility had just begun production in the middle of last year.

PHOENIX - Nestle announced Monday it is closing its "Nestle Pure Life" water bottling plant in Phoenix after beginning production just last year.

It's safe to say there were a lot of questions when Nestle announced in 2016 its plans to open a bottling facility in the desert.

At the time Nestle had this to say:

"Phoenix’s water supply is sound and sustainable as a result of multiple water sources and a logical, methodical approach to supply planning, infrastructure management, conservation, and drought preparation."

Nestle said the facility would provide 40-50 new jobs in its first phase to the Valley after investing $35 million into the project.

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Nestle was planning to use 35 million gallons of water each year from the city of Phoenix to bottle.

"Bottled water is a highly competitive category," Nestle said in a statement Monday. "In response to the competitive situation, we have been evolving our operations to meet our future needs and to position the company for long-term success."

The world's largest bottled water company says it is moving the existing production line to another facility in a different part of the country.