Company to make $1.2 million investment into “Poland Spring Rumford Community Benefit Fund” Ellis Spring becomes tenth spring source for brand
RUMFORD, Maine – Poland Spring announced today that it has begun purchasing spring water from the Rumford Water District in Rumford, Maine. As part of the water purchase agreement, Poland Spring’s parent company, Nestlé Waters North America, has created the “Poland Spring Rumford Community Benefit Fund,” which will invest $1.2 million over four years to provide funding for projects identified by the community.
“Since first identifying Rumford as a potential spring water source, we have worked with the local community to determine mutual needs, concerns, and priorities,” said Mark Dubois, Natural Resource Manager for Poland Spring. “We are pleased to be making the initial investment in the Poland Spring Rumford Community Benefit Fund, and the town has set up the structure so that a board of local citizens can determine how best to allocate funding to support projects important to the Town and residents of Rumford.”
A mechanism to request funding for projects through the Fund is in the process of being developed and, once determined, will be announced to the public so that project proposals can begin to be accepted.
“Furthermore, we want to thank everyone who has contributed to this effort, from our early exploration to our detailed testing and examination of the source, to the construction of the load station,” added Dubois. “We are pleased that we were able to contract with so many Maine-based companies throughout this project.”
Ellis Spring is the newest water source to be used for Poland Spring® 100% Natural Spring Water and is the tenth spring water source in the state for the 174-year-old Maine-based company. Water from the spring is being piped to Poland Spring’s newly-constructed Rumford load station on Route 2 in Rumford Point, and from there is transferred into tankers, which then transport the water to various Poland Spring bottling plants based upon demand.
“Rumford is happy to have a long-term business partner like Poland Spring in our community, and we have heard from a number of residents who are pleased with the look of the new facility. Poland Spring’s completed facility is a great improvement for the property and it allows the community to be part of a legacy company that has had such a positive impact on the state of Maine,” said Chris Brennick, Chair of the Rumford Select Board.
Poland Spring is a customer of the Rumford Water District, purchasing sustainable spring water at rates set forth by the Maine Public Utilities Commission. Poland Spring is also paying $12,000 per month to the Rumford Water District to lease the land for its spring sources. This additional revenue can help the Rumford Water District fund long-term improvements, replace old pipes, and replace aging infrastructure. Poland Spring has also purchased recharge protection land to help protect the springs and Rumford Water District’s customers.
Poland Spring undertakes an extensive process to locate new springs in rapidly renewable aquifers. The company searches for areas that have the same kind of geologic features as its existing spring sources in order to meet taste and quality standards. In addition, all the water that Poland Spring sources must meet stringent regulations to be considered 100% natural spring water.
About Poland Spring
Established in 1845, Poland Spring® Brand 100% Natural Spring Water has invested in Maine and created jobs using an abundant, renewable resource. The brand, part of Nestlé Waters North America Inc., operates three Maine bottling plants in Poland, Hollis and Kingfield. Additionally, Poland Spring maintains spring sources in Fryeburg, Dallas Plantation, Poland, Pierce Pond Township, Kingfield, Denmark, Hollis, Lincoln, and Rumford, Maine. Poland Spring also:
- Employs nearly 900 full-time and seasonal workers across the state, contributing nearly $49 million to the economy in annual payroll;
- Spends over $135 million directly with other Maine companies each year; and
- Invested over $7 million in community giving since 2000 to support schools, local non-profits, fire and rescue, environmental conservation, and many other local and statewide causes.