Bottled water is one of the most extensively regulated packaged-food products. The industry receives government oversight from federal and state agencies nationwide, providing consumers with multiple safety assurances – from the finished product back to the source.

Bottled water must be tested for the same parameters as tap water, but in some cases the standards are stricter than for tap water. State governments inspect and certify the “sources” of spring water, which means that samples have been analyzed and their quality found to be safe and sanitary.

The quality of bottled water is regulated at the federal level by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulate food industries and pharmaceuticals, and at the state level by the Maine Department of health and Human Services (DHHS). In addition, our operations are regulated at the local, state and federal levels. Oversight of this process often includes review by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection; DHHS’s Drinking Water Program; the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife; the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; and local planning boards.

Poland Spring voluntarily submits to outside party inspection of all its bottling facilities. These audits help us ensure that we meet the most stringent guidelines for sanitation and process control. In addition, we comply with inspections from the FDA, U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Nestlé Waters-mandated audits. Poland Spring employs a HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) inspection plan at all its bottling facilities. HACCP is recognized worldwide as the leading food safety program for food and pharmaceuticals.