Ice Mountain (water)
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Ice Mountain is a brand of bottled water from the Nestlé company, produced and marketed primarily in the Midwest region of the United States. Ice Mountain sources their water from two groundwater wells at Sanctuary Spring in Mecosta County, Michigan and/or Evart Spring in Evart, Michigan. The water is drawn from underground aquifers using wells and is not drawn from surface springs, rivers, or mountain run-off as the packaging would imply.
Sizes and packages
Ice Mountain water comes in the following sizes: 90 and 3 gallon containers; 2.5 gallon dispensers; 100 gallon jugs; 3 liter stackable bottles; 10.5 liter bottles; 700 mL, 500 mL (16.9 oz), 20 oz, 11 oz Aquapod, 9 oz, and 8 oz fluoridated plast.
In some areas, home and office delivery of bottled water may be available.
Water sourcing issues
Ice Mountain has been part of the Great Lakes water use debate in which diversion of the basin's primary and secondary water for export has been controversial. In 2004, a Michigan court ordered pumping of Sanctuary springs to cease. After an appellate court overturned the cease and desist, the company and local groups came to an agreement to pump only 218 gallons per minute, which is comparable to other local beverage operations. Nestlé has run into similar local opposition when trying to locate a new source location near the headwaters of the White River in the upper lower peninsula of Michigan. 
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- Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Drinking Water and Radiological Protection Division (2006-11-07). "Perrier Group of America Bottled Water Project (Ice Mountain Spring Water) Response to Public Comments Document". Retrieved 2010-08-16.
- Edwards, Chase (2002-08-01). "RUMBLES ON ICE MOUNTAIN". Archived from the original on 2008-06-14. Retrieved 2008-11-02.
- "Nestlé Waters North America Reaches Agreement on Water Withdrawal Amounts at Sanctuary Springs Source". 2006-01-26. Retrieved 2008-11-02.
- "Nestlé raises stakes in bottled water battle". 2007-01-27. Retrieved 2008-11-02.
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