In July 2011, during his State of the City address Mayor Jeffrey Jones announced the idea of selling bottled water with the label “Great Falls Water”; this week, during the council meeting when 6th Ward councilman Andre Sayegh asked Mr Jones what has become of that idea of his, the mayor responded: “Great Falls Water is moving — not only is it moving,” said he, but it is on its way toward becoming reality within the next few months.
Mr Jones initially wanted to sell the water just like other major bottled water manufacturers, but sometimes after unveiling his idea he realized that legally he was only allowed to sell the water in Paterson — a discouraging revelation. However, during this week’s meeting he had good news.
The water could be sold to the federal government through the federal procurement bidding process which would mean millions of dollars for the city. And if selling bottled water to the federal government is successful the city could produce other products to sell by entering into the bidding process. He also alluded to conversations he has had with the organizers of the 2014 Superbowl who might be interested and willing to buy Great Falls Water for their massive sports venue.
Mr Sayegh, the 6th Ward councilman, was skeptical when the idea was first floated by Mr Jones, but now he seems somewhat interested out of facetiousness or sincere interest one cannot properly reckon.
Mr Jones, when speaking of his idea, seemed genuinely enthusiastic, which leads us to think, “If he can pull this off it will do much good for the city.”