"In a Victory for Poland Spring, Maine Rejects New Groundwater Limits"

"The bottled-water company last year tried to kill legislation aimed at protecting aquifers at a time when many are at risk nationally."

"Maine’s Legislature voted down a bill that would have limited large-scale pumping of groundwater in the state. Poland Spring, the bottled-water giant, had lobbied aggressively against the measure.

The proposal would have placed a 10-year limit on large-scale water-extraction contracts, a restriction that the bill’s supporters said would protect Maine’s precious groundwater at a time when water levels are falling across the country. It failed to pass on Thursday by a 21-to-12 vote in the State Senate.

Poland Spring, a major presence in Maine, draws water from eight locations around the state to bottle and sell. It is trying to lock in a new contract of up to 45 years to pump water in Lincoln, a former mill town."

Hiroko Tabuchi reports for the New York Times February 9, 2024.

Source: NYTimes, 02/12/2024