Protestors Want Poland Spring to Buy All Their Water in Little Bottles at the Hannaford Like They Do

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poland springIt was standing-room-only inside the Cumberland County Courthouse Tuesday as the Maine Supreme Judicial Court heard final oral arguments in an appeal on Poland Spring water rights in Fryeburg that has precedent-setting implications in Maine. The six Law Court Justices must decide whether to let stand the Public Utilities Commission’s November 2014 approval of a contract between the Fryeburg Water Company (FWC) and Nestlé Waters of North America, under its Poland Spring brand. The exclusive contract with the private municipal water utility serving Fryeburg and East Conway, N.H. allows Poland Spring Bottling to withdraw up to 603,000 gallons of water per day from the Wards Brook Aquifer for 20 years, with five 5-year options for renewal for up to 45 years. (read more at the Bridgton News)

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