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A San Francisco company is preparing to distribute bottled water from the Burnett Inlet hatchery in Wrangell. Tod Jones, general manager of Alaska Aquaculture, the non-profit corporation that operates the hatchery, says the permit allowing the sale of the water has been granted by the state Department of Natural Resources.

"Right now the initial permit is for 4 million gallons a month. We hope to exceed that, since we run 4 million gallons of water a day through our turbines," Jones explains. He says Alaska Aquaculture already has a permit from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to draw off 490 million gallons per month. FERC permission is needed because of the hydroelectric plant at the fishery.

Jones says Rainmaker Resources of San Francisco approached the hatchery, which raises and releases Pacific salmon, with the project this spring. Several other companies also have expressed interest in the lake water. Rainmaker plans to test-market about 15,000 gallons of the Alaska water, packaged in one-and-a-half liter-bottles, in the San Francisco area. The firm hopes to sell a million gallons per month eventually.

The water is drawn 50 feet from the surface of Burnett Lake. Jones notes, "Our water is very clear and soft. It's not affected by the muskeg and doesn't contain tannin that gives other water a yellowish color."
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Title Annotation:Alaska Aquaculture's bottled water to be marketed by Rainmaker Resources
Publication:Alaska Business Monthly
Date:Oct 1, 1991
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