Nestle is under a legal dispute over one of its products; the lawsuit calls the brand a colossal fraud. Nestle was sued with the claim that its bottled water brand, Poland Spring Water is deceitful with its indication that their bottled water contains 100% natural water from the spring.
The lawsuit points out that the consumers believe spring water means purity and top quality and would worth more price than non-spring waters that are the mere product of tap water filtration. The lawsuit said the company has been bottling ordinary ground water for natural spring water since the Poland Spring brand started in 1993.
Poland Spring Water doesn’t meet the US definition of spring water
According to the site for the city of Poland Spring, Hiram Ricker, a homesteader said in the mid-1800s that he was alleviated from dyspepsia by the mineral spring present in his family’s possession. This made people troop to the area to tap from the spring and its healing abilities. But lately, the brand is utilized on the bottles of mere groundwater manufactured by Nestle Waters North America and doesn’t meet the definition of spring water by the US.
It was also alleged, that one of the water collection sites of this brand seems to be close to a former petroleum dump or landfill sites.
Nestle debunks the claims
A representative of the Nestle Waters has denied the allegation, saying their bottled water meet all necessary federal and state rules for spring water. The firm says it’s bent on fighting the suit. The company claims that water bottled by them are disinfected and purified to make it absolutely free from contamination before it’s pushed to markets.
In 2003, Nestle Waters settled a Connecticut lawsuit that claimed the Poland Spring’s water has no deep source in the Maine woods. Nestle is asking for state approval to get water from a water district in Lincoln.
Australian consumers cough out an average of $2.75 per liter purified bottle tap water marketed under different brands. An analysis by the Consumer group Choice shows that many cannot spot the difference tap water and bottled water by taste.
The author of Bottlemania, Elizabeth Royte says it’s all about the image each brand portrays. Firms that produce bottled water use images and names that may cause the consumers to believe that these products are way better than tap water.