Here is what is true. When NWNA buy water from public suppliers, the company pays market rates established by the public water authority just like any other business customer. For its spring waters, NWNA pays state and/or local permitting and licensing fees, as well as the cost of infrastructure needed to serve its operations, like most farmers or industries that use water to produce products.
Nestlé Waters North America not only supports strong public water systems, but also sometimes buys from them. The Nestlé Pure Life (NPL) Brand is an example of that. Research shows bottled water drinkers also support strong public water systems, and are nearly eight times more likely to support public funding to deliver quality tap water than non-bottled-water drinkers.
Finally, the cost structure for tap water and bottled water is different because one is a utility and one is a packaged beverage. Because most bottled water is purchased in multipacks, it costs only about $0.22/bottle, a relatively small price to pay for quality when and where you need it.