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Single Mom Paulla McCarthy Becomes 1st Black Woman in New York to Own a Spring Water Bottling Plant

Single Mom Paulla McCarthy Becomes 1st Black Woman in New York to Own a Spring Water Bottling Plant
Posted By: Kennedy Williams on April 20, 2021

What started out as a road trip to taste the water in Poestenkill, New York led Paulla McCarthy to become the first African American woman in New York State to own and operate a water bottling company.

According to Black Business, McCarthy officially acquired the water plant and an aquifer within 15 acres of land from an elderly couple who offered it to her.



She now operates the water bottling plant under her non-profit, Youth Savings Society.

"As water becomes more insufficient globally, it is predicted to increase value and even become more valuable than gold over the next 50 years. Some major water companies have been offering her to sell her property for $20 million, but she is determined to keep it as she values the importance of Black ownership in natural resources."

McCarthy told Earn Your Leisure, "I'm not going to sell. I want to change and move this narrative that we don't own anything."

For more information about Paulla McCarthy and her company, visit www.ysswaterworks.com
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