Nestle Waters

PORTLAND, Maine - A new lawsuit accuses Poland Spring water of deceiving customers by putting the words "100 percent natural spring water'' on product labels.
 
The federal class-action lawsuit in Maine targets corporate parent Nestle Waters North America, which is accused of bottling water from wells and municipal sources that don't meet the federal definition of spring water.
 
New York attorney Gregory Nespole said Tuesday that consumers paid a premium for spring water and received "common groundwater.''
 

Poland Spring is looking to expand.

A continuing surge in the sale of bottled water has the company looking for two new sources of spring water and making plans for a fourth bottling facility somewhere in western Maine or northeast of Bangor.

The Maine Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in a case involving the Fryeburg Water Co.’s long-term lease of a well to Nestle Waters of North America that permits the withdrawl up to 603,000 gallons of water per day.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine Public Utilities Commission says Fryeburg Water Co. can enter into a long-term contract to sell water to Nestle Waters, bottler of Poland Spring.

The commission ruled Thursday that the contract between the privately-owned utility and Nestle could benefit the utility's rate-payers. Nestle would pay higher rates than household customers.

The contract runs for 25 years. Renewals could make it 45 years. Nestle spokesman Mark Dubois says the deal provides the utility "a reliable source of income.''

FRYEBURG, Maine - The Maine Public Utilities Commission says Fryeburg Water Co. can enter into a long-term contract to sell water to Nestle Waters, bottler of Poland Spring.

The commission ruled Thursday that the contract between the privately-owned utility and Nestle could benefit the utility's rate payers. Nestle would pay higher rates than household customers.