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Harrogate Spring Water

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Harrogate Spring Water
Introduced2000; 24 years ago (2000)
TypeStill, sparkling
Sodium (Na)7.4
Sulfate (SO4)8.2[1]
All concentrations in milligrams per liter (mg/L); pH without units

Harrogate Spring Water is a private limited company incorporated on 16 August 2000 which manufactures plastic and glass bottled spring water, from Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England and distributes its bottles all over the world. Spa waters were first discovered in Harrogate in the 16th century, with water bottled in glass only the town from the 1740s.[2]


The main spring is sourced from an aquifer in the millstone grit series, below the Harrogate Pinewoods.[3][4] The Thirsty Planet brand takes water from an aquifer located in sand and gravel.[5]


Founded in August 2000, initially under the name HSW Limited, the product was launched in January 2002.[6] Harrogate Spa Water manufactures bottled water and sells it locally, nationally and internationally, being exported to as far away as Australia.

A change in majority share owner distribution was made during 2020 resulting in Danone becoming the majority holder,[7][8] displacing the Cain family from their ownership.[9]

The company was previously owned by Harrogate Water Brands,[10] which also owned the charity Thirsty Planet, producing its own brand of bottled water.[10]

In 2021, a plan to expand the bottling plant over an area of woodland was criticised by Harrogate residents because Harrogate Spring Water sought to destroy an area of established woodland and natural habitat planted previously by volunteers and local primary school children.[11][12]


Harrogate Spring Water is a popular brand within the United Kingdom, selling over 43,000,000 litres (9,500,000 imp gal; 11,000,000 US gal) annually in 2013, which was a market share of 1.4%.[13] In 2019, the company achieved sales of £21.6 million.[7] Furthermore, all major British airlines (i.e. British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Jet2.com, TUI Airways, and Easyjet[14]) provide Harrogate Water on their flights, and, in the case of British Airways, in their premium lounges at London Heathrow.

Harrogate Spring Water also supply water to the Masons Gin distillery in Aiskew, North Yorkshire.[15][16]


  1. ^ "Bottled water and tap water: sodium and sulphate content" (PDF). wmaf.org.uk. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 May 2016. Retrieved 27 May 2020.
  2. ^ "The Spa at Harrogate: Discovery of the Harrogate Waters". North Yorkshire County Council. 2003. Archived from the original on 23 July 2008. Retrieved 30 April 2008.
  3. ^ "Harrogate Spring - Our Water". Harrogate Spring. Retrieved 8 October 2021.
  4. ^ Cryer, Clare. "Pinewoods, Harrogate". Harrogate Borough Council. Retrieved 8 October 2021.
  5. ^ Smedley, Pauline L. (December 2010). "A survey of the inorganic chemistry of bottled mineral waters from the British Isles" (PDF). Applied Geochemistry. 25 (12): 1872–1888. Bibcode:2010ApGC...25.1872S. doi:10.1016/j.apgeochem.2010.10.003.
  6. ^ "Harrogate Spring Water owner makes multi million pound investment in North Yorkshire | TheBusinessDesk.com". Yorkshire. 28 October 2013. Retrieved 8 October 2021.
  7. ^ a b "Watchdog to rule on water company takeover bid". BBC News. 26 May 2020. Archived from the original on 17 May 2021. Retrieved 27 May 2020.
  8. ^ "Danone". www.danone.co.uk. 5 March 2021. Archived from the original on 17 May 2021. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  9. ^ "Danone to acquire a majority stake in Harrogate Water Brands Ltd ("Harrogate Water")". www.harrogate-news.co.uk. 26 February 2020. Archived from the original on 17 May 2021. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  10. ^ a b "Harrogate Water Brands set for global growth". Yorkshire Post. 31 July 2014. Archived from the original on 17 May 2021. Retrieved 9 March 2016.
  11. ^ "Does Harrogate really have "green credentials" if it allows a water bottling plant to expand ?". Harrogate Informer. 11 January 2021. Retrieved 8 October 2021.
  12. ^ Murray, Jessica (10 January 2020). "Company wants to build on 1.6-hectare area of Rotary Wood in Pinewoods forest". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 17 May 2021. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  13. ^ "Harrogate Spring Water: Picking up the baton of a long history" (PDF). effective design.org.uk. p. 4. Retrieved 27 May 2020.
  14. ^ https://i0.wp.com/theluxurytravelexpert.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/IMG_6509.jpeg?ssl=1 , https://thepointsguy.co.uk/reviews/virgin-atlantic-747-upper-class, https://www.jet2.com/travel-essentials/inflight-retail ,https://buyonboard.easyjet.com/desktop/uk/drink Archived 4 October 2022 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ Gordon, Maxine (14 June 2014). "Masons have gin-making off to a T". Newsbank. York Press. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  16. ^ Scott, Catherine (27 October 2020). "High Spirits and Tough Tests". The Yorkshire Post. The Magazine. p. 6. ISSN 0963-1496.

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