By Bill Rosenberger
LESAGE -- If you spent some time at a West Virginia state park, you probably bought a bottled water that came from Cabell County.
More specifically, if it's labeled with "West Virginia State Parks & Forests,'' then it was bottled by LeSage Natural at Green Acres Regional Center.
Green Acres serves developmentally disabled adults from Cabell and Mason counties, with several employed to fill 20-ounce bottles and one-, three- and five-gallon jugs that are distributed both locally and statewide.
The water bottling operation dates back to the 1980s with water from a well that is located on the property, said Devin Sloan, director of Programs and Facilities for Green Acres.
He said they've made significant upgrades at the small plant, including a new filtration system and larger holding tanks that have allowed them to fill 200,000 20-ounce bottles since last August.
In addition, Sloan said they've worked to improve customer service, admitting to becoming lax because the water had really sold itself. It was voted the World's Best Water in the 2005 Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting event.