Poland Spring pays next to nothing to take water from Maine.
We are proud to be one of Maine’s largest employers and provide millions of dollars of economic value to the state.
Poland Spring either purchases spring water from a local water district at rates approved by the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC), or we purchase land and develop the resource – much like someone would do if they purchased a wood lot to harvest trees, or a farm field to harvest blueberries. In addition, where we own land, we pay local property taxes, just like any other property owner. There is also the cost of doing business here in Maine to consider (e.g. transportation costs, infrastructure investments, salaries).
According to an economic impact study conducted by Maine economist Dr. Charles Lawton, Poland Spring’s total economic impact on the state of Maine in 2016 amounted to more than $390 million in sales for Maine companies, supporting the equivalent of more than 2,300 full-time jobs with income totaling nearly $120 million.
Our commitment to Maine runs deeper than just bringing economic value.
Beyond these economic benefits, Poland Spring contributes annually to many community organizations across the state of Maine, and provides water donations both locally and across the country in times of need. In 2017 alone, Poland Spring contributed more than $487,000 to community organizations around Maine and donated thousands of cases of water. Bottled water cannot, and will not, replace tap water – and we never expect it to.