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‘Not One Drop’ of Poland Spring Bottled Water Is From a Spring, Lawsuit Says

If you think you’re downing pristine spring waters when you pop open that bottle of Nestlé Poland Spring water, think again. A lawsuit claims that not one drop of that water actually comes from a spring as defined by the Food and Drug Administration, The Washington Post reports. In fact, Poland Spring in Poland, Maine, went dry nearly 50 years ago. Nestlé claims the water is still “100 percent” spring water, even though the company paid $10 million in 2003 to settle a similar lawsuit alleging it was falsely advertising Poland Spring water.

No matter how you define it, water is at the heart of a worldwide war that, if it isn’t stopped soon, is depleting water sources at a rate that cannot be naturally restored. Only about 3 percent of the Earth’s waters is fresh water, and whether Nestlé gets its water from real springs or taps underground aquifers that it defines as “technically” spring water, the fact is they are still contributing to the world’s water wars.

Bottled water aside, one of the hidden costs of industrial agriculture is its intensive water usage, with about 80 percent of U.S. consumptive water (and more than 90 percent in many Western states) being used for agricultural purposes. Big industry is another water destroyer and, in some areas, pollution has left water largely undrinkable while industry (often the same ones responsible for the pollution) is draining underground aquifers at alarming rates.

Water-intensive energy production, such as fracking operations, are also using up valuable freshwater supplies. As a result of all these water-depleting factions, safe drinking water is becoming more difficult to obtain, especially in municipalities where water is siphoned from polluted rivers and lakes and sent onward to consumers. This is why you'd be wise to take precautions to protect your health as best you can, which includes evaluating the safety of your water and making sure your water is properly filtered, at both the source as it comes into your home, and at the tap.