Poland Spring, the country’s best-selling bottled water, is “a colossal fraud,” according to a class-action lawsuit.
The lawsuit alleges that instead of spring water, parent company Nestle Water North America has been selling billions of gallons of groundwater to its customers.
“Not one drop of Poland Spring Water emanates from a water source that complies with the Food and Drug Administration definition of ‘spring water,'” the lawsuit states.
And, it goes on: “the famous Poland Spring in Poland Spring, Maine, which defendant’s labels claim is a source of Poland Spring Water, ran dry nearly 50 years ago.”
Poland Spring, its website says, comes from “some pretty incredible springs — eight of them to be exact.” The site includes a map of the appropriately named sites, including Cold Spring, Clear Spring and Evergreen Spring. “We carefully select each spring source in Maine based on such things as geologic formation, mineral composition, quality and taste,” it says.
The lawsuit, however, alleges that there is not “any historical evidence for six of [Nestle’s] alleged springs, and two are former springs that no longer exist.”
Instead, it says, “the labels depict pristine scenes of water flowing down a verdant hillside or a forest pond when, in fact, the vast bulk of the water is drawn from wells in low-lying populated areas near potential sources of contamination.”
Nestle’s six groundwater collection sites in Maine, it goes on, “are near a present or former human waste dump, landfill, fish hatchery or toxic petroleum dump site.”
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