HARRISON, Maine – The State of Maine has announced that, for the first time, a local water bottling company will be able to sell unfiltered and untreated water straight from a natural spring.
Summit Spring Water bottles water from a source that dates back to the 1700s and sits 228 metres above sea level. The Raw Water will remain completely untouched by mechanical processes because of its rare, pure qualities. The water comes with a State of Maine Premium Grade stamp, indicating it has passed strict quality tests from the department of health.
The product will be sold in wax-lined, brown paper bags to prevent natural light from changing the water’s pristine chemical properties. Also absent on the one-litre bottles is a nutrition label, as the U.S. government does not require one for 100 per cent pure, untreated spring water.
In a company statement, N. Bryan Pullen, president of Summit Spring Water, explained the Raw Water’s natural characteristics. “There are naturally occurring nutrients in ‘living’ spring water, such as microscopic algae, potassium, sodium, magnesium and calcium that are routinely being stripped out of bottled water through treatment, reverse osmosis and filtration. When water comes straight from the ground it has nourishing qualities that are not present in purified and treated water. The centuries old reputation of Summit Spring water as a ‘healing tonic,’ in addition to extensive and continuous analysis, allowed the regulatory agencies to give this unprecedented approval,” he said.