Labels purchased in Massachusetts

EWG analyzed 1 labels and their websites from bottled water purchased in Massachusetts.

Poland Spring Natural Spring Water
sold by Nestle Waters North America, Inc.
State purchasedAverage gradeMeets state labeling laws?
Connecticut
(2 labels assessed)
D n/a
Maine D n/a
Massachusetts D n/a
New Jersey D n/a
New York
(2 labels assessed)
D n/a
District of Columbia D n/a


n/a = not assessed

LABEL Full information on label & website? ADVANCED TREATMENT? GRADE
SOURCE PURIFICATION TESTING

2010 summary

 

D

2009 summary

 

D

LABEL 1
Poland Spring Natural Spring Water Label
Connecticut, New York

 

D

LABEL 2
Poland Spring Natural Spring Water Label
New York

 

D

LABEL 3
Poland Spring Natural Spring Water Label
New Jersey

 

D

LABEL 4
Poland Spring Natural Spring Water Label
Massachusetts

 

D

LABEL 5
Poland Spring Natural Spring Water Label
Maine

 

D

LABEL 6
Poland Spring Natural Spring Water Label
Connecticut

 

D

LABEL 7
Poland Spring Natural Spring Water Label
District of Columbia

 

D

WATER SOURCE
Label information: Labels 1 & 2 & 3:
"Poland Spring, Poland Spring, ME; Evergreen Spring, Fryeburg, ME; Spruce Spring, Pierce Pond Township, ME; Garden Spring, Poland, ME; White Cedar Spring, Dallas Plt, ME and/or Bradbury Spring, Kingfield, ME"

Labels 4 & 5:
"Bradbury Spring, Kingfield, ME; White Cedar Spring, Dallas Plt., ME; Spruce Spring, Pierce Pond Township, ME; Evergreen Spring, Fryeburg, ME and/or Garden Spring, Poland, ME"

Labels 6 & 7:
"Clear Spring, Hollis, ME; Evergreen Spring, Fryeburg, ME; Spruce Spring, Pierce Pond Township, ME; Garden Spring, Poland, ME; White Cedar Spring, Dallas Plt., ME; Bradbury Spring, Kingfield, ME; and/or Poland Spring, Poland Spring, ME"
Website information: "Poland Spring, Poland Spring, ME; Clear Spring, Hollis, ME; Evergreen Spring, Fryeburg, ME; Spruce Spring, Pierce Pond Township, ME; Garden Spring, Poland, ME; Bradbury Spring, Kingfield, ME; and/or White Cedar Spring, Dallas Plt, ME."
PURIFICATION METHOD
Label information: Labels 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 5 & 6 & 7:
None Listed
Website information: "One-micron filters… Specialized two-stage advanced micro-filters...Ultraviolet Light/Ozone Disinfection"
TESTING CONDUCTED
What information is on the label? Labels 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 5 & 6 & 7:
Not Listed
Is the water quality report online? Yes
What tests were conducted? Company provides a brand-specific, dated [1st-2nd Quarter 2009] water quality report. The report details a full range of test results for volatile organic compounds, synthetic organic compounds, inorganic minerals, metals and radiologicals.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
On the labelLabel 1:
Since 1845, our natural spring water has come from carefully selected natural springs. Poland Spring. A little natural does a lot of good. Questions? Comments? Call 1-800-4-SPRING

Label 2:
Questions? Comments? Call 1-800-4-SPRING. Polandspring.com. Water Down Your Calories- A typical 12 oz sugared beverage = 140+ calories. Water = 0 calories. Replacing just one sugared beverage a day with water can trim 50,000+ calories a year from your diet. Be Healthy. We can all make a difference. Please recycle.

Label 3:
Free from Impurities- The original quality and great taste of our 100% natural spring water is maintained through a 10-step spring water process. Consistent quality results you may not get with filtered tap water. Be Assured. We can all make a difference. Please recycle. Questions? Comments? Call 1-800-4-SPRING. polandspring.com

Labels 4 & 6:
Poland Spring. A little natural does a lot of good. Smaller Cap = Less Plastic- Did you notice this bottle has a shorter cap? This is part of our ongoing effort to reduce our impact on the environment. This bottle and cap contain and average of 20% less plastic than our original 0.5 L Eco-Shape bottle and cap. Be Green. We can all make a difference. Please recycle. Questions? Comments? Call 1-800-4-SPRING. polandspring.com.

Label 5:
Poland Spring. A little natural does a lot of good. Conserving Natural Habitats- Over the last 10 years, we have supported the protection of more than 426,000 acres of natural lands and freshwater resources. Be Green. We can all make a difference. Please recycle. Questions? Comments? Call 1-800-4-SPRING. polandspring.com.

Label 7:
Poland Spring. A little natural does a lot of good. Questions? Comments? Call 1-800-4-SPRING. polandspring.com.
Green claims/donationsLabels 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 5 & 6 & 7:
Nestle Waters North America is proud to donate $600,000 to support the National Parks Conservation Association. Protecting our legacy for generations to come. Together, we can invest in America's natural wonders. A portion of the proceeds of specially marked packages of Poland Spring 100% Natural Spring Water will go to support our $600,000 donation to the National Parks Conservation Association.

WATER QUALITY REPORT (WQR)
Is the WQR available online? Yes
What is contained in the WQR? Labels 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 5 & 6 & 7:
Report lists full SDWA contaminant list; Report includes complete documentation of all chemicals tested for; Report represents the most current water quality data
Does WQR available provide comparable information to municipal WQR? No

DATA SOURCE(S)
Label purchase location(s) (date):Label 1:
  • Information Not Available, Connecticut (19-Mar-10)
  • Sloan Kettering Hospital Cafeteria, New York City, NY (19-Mar-10)


Label 2:
  • Information Not Available, New York City, NY (22-Apr-10)


Label 3:
  • Costco, Hackensack, NJ (22-Mar-10)


Label 4:
  • Morning Glories, Scituates, MA (18-Mar-10)


Label 5:
  • Paradise Shop and Save, Caribou, ME (01-Mar-10)


Label 6:
  • Information Not Available, Connecticut (19-Mar-10)


Label 7:
  • Information Not Available, Washington, DC (2010)

Official website:polandspring.com

LABEL 1: SCORE/GRADE DETAILS
Information Provided Label Website Total  
Water source 1.5 / 2.0 0.8 / 1.0 2.3 / 3.0 Grade Key
A: 8.6-10.0
B: 6.9-8.5
C: 5.0-6.8
D: 2.9-4.9
F:-2.0-2.8
Purification method 0.0 / 2.0 1.0 / 1.0 1.0 / 3.0
Testing conducted 0.0 / 1.0 2.0 / 2.0 2.0 / 3.0
Thorough water quality report? +0.0 / 1.0
Compliant with state law? -0.0 / 1.0
Basic, unknown, or no treatment -0.5 / 1.0
Total 1.5 / 5.0 3.8 / 4.0 4.3 / 10.0
Advanced treatment basic treatment used
Meets state labeling laws?
Final Grade

D


LABEL 2: SCORE/GRADE DETAILS
Information Provided Label Website Total  
Water source 1.5 / 2.0 0.8 / 1.0 2.3 / 3.0 Grade Key
A: 8.6-10.0
B: 6.9-8.5
C: 5.0-6.8
D: 2.9-4.9
F:-2.0-2.8
Purification method 0.0 / 2.0 1.0 / 1.0 1.0 / 3.0
Testing conducted 0.0 / 1.0 2.0 / 2.0 2.0 / 3.0
Thorough water quality report? +0.0 / 1.0
Compliant with state law? -0.0 / 1.0
Basic, unknown, or no treatment -0.5 / 1.0
Total 1.5 / 5.0 3.8 / 4.0 4.3 / 10.0
Advanced treatment basic treatment used
Meets state labeling laws?
Final Grade

D


LABEL 3: SCORE/GRADE DETAILS
Information Provided Label Website Total  
Water source 1.5 / 2.0 0.8 / 1.0 2.3 / 3.0 Grade Key
A: 8.6-10.0
B: 6.9-8.5
C: 5.0-6.8
D: 2.9-4.9
F:-2.0-2.8
Purification method 0.0 / 2.0 1.0 / 1.0 1.0 / 3.0
Testing conducted 0.0 / 1.0 2.0 / 2.0 2.0 / 3.0
Thorough water quality report? +0.0 / 1.0
Compliant with state law? -0.0 / 1.0
Basic, unknown, or no treatment -0.5 / 1.0
Total 1.5 / 5.0 3.8 / 4.0 4.3 / 10.0
Advanced treatment basic treatment used
Meets state labeling laws?
Final Grade

D


LABEL 4: SCORE/GRADE DETAILS
Information Provided Label Website Total  
Water source 1.5 / 2.0 0.8 / 1.0 2.3 / 3.0 Grade Key
A: 8.6-10.0
B: 6.9-8.5
C: 5.0-6.8
D: 2.9-4.9
F:-2.0-2.8
Purification method 0.0 / 2.0 1.0 / 1.0 1.0 / 3.0
Testing conducted 0.0 / 1.0 2.0 / 2.0 2.0 / 3.0
Thorough water quality report? +0.0 / 1.0
Compliant with state law? -0.0 / 1.0
Basic, unknown, or no treatment -0.5 / 1.0
Total 1.5 / 5.0 3.8 / 4.0 4.3 / 10.0
Advanced treatment basic treatment used
Meets state labeling laws?
Final Grade

D


LABEL 5: SCORE/GRADE DETAILS
Information Provided Label Website Total  
Water source 1.5 / 2.0 0.8 / 1.0 2.3 / 3.0 Grade Key
A: 8.6-10.0
B: 6.9-8.5
C: 5.0-6.8
D: 2.9-4.9
F:-2.0-2.8
Purification method 0.0 / 2.0 1.0 / 1.0 1.0 / 3.0
Testing conducted 0.0 / 1.0 2.0 / 2.0 2.0 / 3.0
Thorough water quality report? +0.0 / 1.0
Compliant with state law? -0.0 / 1.0
Basic, unknown, or no treatment -0.5 / 1.0
Total 1.5 / 5.0 3.8 / 4.0 4.3 / 10.0
Advanced treatment basic treatment used
Meets state labeling laws?
Final Grade

D


LABEL 6: SCORE/GRADE DETAILS
Information Provided Label Website Total  
Water source 1.5 / 2.0 0.8 / 1.0 2.3 / 3.0 Grade Key
A: 8.6-10.0
B: 6.9-8.5
C: 5.0-6.8
D: 2.9-4.9
F:-2.0-2.8
Purification method 0.0 / 2.0 1.0 / 1.0 1.0 / 3.0
Testing conducted 0.0 / 1.0 2.0 / 2.0 2.0 / 3.0
Thorough water quality report? +0.0 / 1.0
Compliant with state law? -0.0 / 1.0
Basic, unknown, or no treatment -0.5 / 1.0
Total 1.5 / 5.0 3.8 / 4.0 4.3 / 10.0
Advanced treatment basic treatment used
Meets state labeling laws?
Final Grade

D


LABEL 7: SCORE/GRADE DETAILS
Information Provided Label Website Total  
Water source 1.5 / 2.0 0.8 / 1.0 2.3 / 3.0 Grade Key
A: 8.6-10.0
B: 6.9-8.5
C: 5.0-6.8
D: 2.9-4.9
F:-2.0-2.8
Purification method 0.0 / 2.0 1.0 / 1.0 1.0 / 3.0
Testing conducted 0.0 / 1.0 2.0 / 2.0 2.0 / 3.0
Thorough water quality report? +0.0 / 1.0
Compliant with state law? -0.0 / 1.0
Basic, unknown, or no treatment -0.5 / 1.0
Total 1.5 / 5.0 3.8 / 4.0 4.3 / 10.0
Advanced treatment basic treatment used
Meets state labeling laws?
Final Grade

D