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Spring Water By the Book

There's more to spring water than meets the eye. Behind every bottle of Poland Spring® Brand 100% Natural Spring Water is a team of Natural Resource Managers and geologists who monitor the springs and surrounding habitats for sustainability. But before we dive in too deep, let’s start with the basics.

Flagstaff Lake, ME

Near Spruce Spring

What is spring water, anyway?

Great question. According to the at the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA): “Spring Water is water derived from an underground formation from which water flows naturally to the surface of the earth at an identified location.” To be able to label our product as “spring water,” we have to meet stringent standards — standards we proudly meet or exceed. That’s why every bottle of Poland Spring® is proudly labeled as 100% natural spring water.

How spring water becomes

Poland Spring Water

It takes special circumstances in nature to create Poland Spring® Brand 100% Natural Spring Water, and we go to great lengths to carefully select and manage our spring water sources.* See how Mother Nature helps our spring water come to be.

*We proudly source our water from 8 springs across the great state of Maine.

Step One

Step One

Let’s take it from the top (literally). This process begins in the sky with rain and snow. This is an important part of the health of our springs — and the reason our team of experts monitor the precipitation closely.

Step Two

Step Two

Some of the precipitation is naturally filtered as it moves through the soil and rock as groundwater. Unlike streams, creeks and other surface water, groundwater may not show a shortage of rain or snowfall for a year, or even much longer. Our team monitors surface water flows and groundwater levels to understand how short-term and long-term trends in precipitation affect both, while also monitoring the health of the springs and the habitats around them.

Step Three

Step Three

Finally, a portion of this groundwater naturally re-emerges at the surface of the earth as spring water (pretty amazing, we know). We collect the spring water before it emerges at the surface and transport it to a nearby bottling facility. After a ten-step quality process, it gets shipped out — and it’s not unheard of to find a bottle of Poland Spring® on your store shelf 24 hours after it emerged from the spring. Now that’s fast!