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Sunday, November 13, 2005

Should Maine Spring Water Be Free?

Poland Spring might leave the state if a group called H2O for ME accomplishes its mission. The group argues that water is a commodity which someday will be in high demand, and is promoting a referendum that would place a 20-cent-per-gallon tax on water drawn from the state's aquifers.
With Poland Spring drawing nearly 500 million gallons of water per year from its wells in Maine, the tax would amount to close to $100 million, a cost the company said would exceed its annual profits.

Citing fierce competition in the beverage business - Poland Spring ranks third behind PepsiCo's Aquafina and Coca Cola's Dasani - [parent company] Nestle Waters said the tax would put the brand at a competitive disadvantage compared with bottlers in other states. [Link]
Poland Spring also contends that water is a renewable resource, and that the company's activities will not deplete the supply here in Maine.
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At 10:48 AM, November 15, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Somebody get REAL! Don't drive them out of Maine.

At 1:51 PM, November 15, 2005, Blogger Chris said...

I agree. This is the sort of non-polluting industry Maine should be enticing. I would hope that Mainers study the hydrological facts--which seem to lean in Poland Spring's favor--before voting for this prohibitive tax.

At 10:52 AM, November 21, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Poland Spring is correct. Water is a renewable resource...but it doesn't always come back to the same place that it was removed from. There is always X amount of water on this planet...just not in the same places it was before. Therefore, Maine can be pumped dry and Poland Spring will move on. Monetary greed is a strong thing.


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