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Hood River voters pass ban on water bottling

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Voters in Hood River County imposed a ban on commercial water bottling on Tuesday, killing a plan in which Nestle would have built a water-bottling plant in the job-scarce town of Cascade Locks.

Those who supported Measure 14-55 that asked the voters of surrounding Hood River County to ban the commercial production and transport of bottled water had expressed concern about water scarcity and losing the character of the community in the scenic Columbia River Gorge.

Town officials had wanted the project for the hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue and jobs it could have brought to a town with 19 percent unemployment.

With 60 percent of votes counted, 68 percent of them approved the measure. Nestle said it was "disappointed" in the result.

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