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Poland Spring is proposing paying Rumford to draw water from its' aquifer

Poland Spring and its parent company, Nestle Waters are proposing to pay the Rumford Water District up to $430 000 a year to draw water from its' aquifer. (WGME).

RUMFORD (WGME) -- Poland Spring and its parent company, Nestle Waters are proposing to pay the Rumford Water District up to $430 000 a year to draw water from its' aquifer.

Poland Spring geologists conducted a four-month study of the aquifer this summer and say they found that there is more than enough sustainable water to supply both Rumford water customers and the company.

Poland Spring is proposing building two wells, about 2000 feet from where Rumford's well is located.

A Poland Spring geologist says tests during the drought this summer shows there would be no impact to the town's water supply, saying the Ellis River Watershed is constantly refilling the aquifer.

"What the science showed is we could barely measure it to about an inch of overlap on the draw downs that we saw out there this summer. So by getting 2,000 feet away, we actually don't affect their water supply," says

Mark Dubois, Poland Spring geologist.

Poland Spring says it plans to draw 300 gallons a minute from the aquifer.

A new pipeline would carry the water to a loading station on Route 2.

A group opposing the plan is concerned about the truck traffic.

The company says 55 trucks a day, or about two trucks an hour, would take the water to its bottling plant.

Rumford and the Public Utilities Commission have yet to vote on the proposal. Town residents will have a chance to weigh in.

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