When considering a new spring source, we look for a healthy and protected ecosystem, an abundant water supply, and high quality spring water that is great tasting. Spring water is a product of the earth. Because the mineral content is not changed during bottling, spring water retains the same properties and quality as its underground source. Depending on the mineral content, water temperature, and other naturally occurring factors, each spring will impart its unique “fingerprint” and taste to that particular water. For our current spring sites, we take great care to maintain them responsibly. In fact, Nestlé Waters employs two Natural Resource Managers in Canada to identify, develop and safeguard our spring water sources.
Before we harvest any spring source, we study the source as part of our siting process. This process includes studies of aquatic life, soils, wildlife, wetlands, riparian areas and surface waters. We conduct extensive research, including historic and cultural influences, and land-use practices dating back more than 100 years.
With our current spring sources, we continue our efforts to carefully monitor and study our sites. We believe that long-term monitoring reflects the company’s commitment to keeping springs renewable through scientific measures. An advanced environmental monitoring network provides critically important information about the condition of the aquifer, wetlands, stream flows, aquatic life, precipitation levels and more. The data we collect on an ongoing basis, both manually and electronically, is entered into site-specific databases to meticulously manage our spring resources—now and in the future.