Bottled Water.

kalender/Getty Images

What does a bottled water label really mean?

May 06, 2019 - 4:00 am
Categories: 

By Amy E. Feldman, Judge Technology Solutions

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Poland Springs has sprung…a lawsuit.

A character in the movie "Reality Bites" looked at a bottle of water and noted, "Evian is naïve spelled backwards".  

It's not Evian but its rival, Poland Springs, that's now facing a class action lawsuit. Even though its website describes how, in 1797, Hiram Ricker discovered the fresh taste of the spring water on his property in Poland, Maine, the lawsuit claims that spring ran dry 50 years ago and the company now relies on man-made "springs" that are really just wells. 

Poland Springs denies the claims, but what does a bottled water label really mean? 

According to FDA regulations, if the label says "spring water," it is supposed to mean it comes from an underground formation and flows naturally to the surface. The words "public source water" on a label means it comes from the tap and is put in bottles, which we could do if we weren't too naïve to think it's better than tap water.