Feb 02 2011
The Sitka, Alaska assembly has voted to keep in place, for at least another six years, an effort to ship water from the southeast Alaskan city to Asia.
The vote drew some interest in part because of word that the local Sitka participant in the commercial effort, True Alaska Bottling, was discontinuing its arrangements with S2C Global Systems, with which it has had a joint venture for the water shipment.
The joint venture, formed in 2008, was set up to export overseas water from the Sitka area.
S2C says it “provides water globally from the source to consumers (”S2C”). In this thirsty world access to clean water is critical for life, food and industry. Long term supplies of pure mountain water can be shipped to any deepwater port on the planet. Shipping, off-loading and distribution solutions for bulk water are readily provided. Smaller scale innovative strategies for ongoing water supply and purification.”
True Alaska, the local provider of water, says that it “was founded in 2002 to bottle water at the Sawmill Cove Industrial Park in Sitka, Alaska and to sell bulk water. In 2006, the city of Sitka completed the construction of a dedicated pipeline from Blue lake to Silver Bay. TAB secured a bulk water contract from the city of Sitka at the same time. TAB has now focused its full attention on the sale of bulk water.”
The effort may not be finished yet, however.
The news site Circle of Blue reported on February 2, “Yet the end of the partnership, named Alaska Resource Management, may not be a fait accompli. S2C’s president Rod Bartlett told Circle of Blue in an email that, as the main shareholder, S2C had not consented to dissolving the joint company. Additionally, as of his last conversation with True Alaska, Bartlett said that he still anticipates selling Sitka water. Trapp told Circle of Blue in a phone interview that True Alaska’s lawyer had sent a notice of dissolution to S2C’s legal representative, but that he would have to follow up on whether it had been received. He declined to comment on why the notice was sent.”