Ice Mountain (water)

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Ice Mountain Natural Spring Water
TypeWater Beverage
Country of originUSA
20 oz bottle of Ice Mountain natural spring water

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.[1][2] The water is drawn from underground springs using pump technology. Bottling is done at a plant in Stanwood, Michigan.[3]

Sizes and packages[edit]

Ice Mountain water comes in the following sizes:[citation needed]

  • 100-US-gallon (380 l; 83 imp gal) jug
  • 90-US-gallon (340 l; 75 imp gal) container
  • 3-US-gallon (11 l; 2.5 imp gal) container
  • 10.5 liter bottle
  • 2.5-US-gallon (9.5 l; 2.1 imp gal) dispenser
  • 3 liter stackable bottle
  • 700 ml
  • 20 US fluid ounces (590 ml)
  • 500 ml (16.9 US fluid ounces)
  • 11-US-fluid-ounce (330 ml) Aquapod
  • 9 US fluid ounces (270 ml)
  • 8-US-fluid-ounce (240 ml) fluoridated plast


In some areas, home and office delivery of bottled water may be available, as stated on the bottles.[citation needed]

Water sourcing issues[edit]

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.[1][4] In 2004, a Michigan court ordered pumping of Sanctuary springs to cease. After an appellate court overturned the cease and desist order, the company and local groups came to an agreement to pump only 218 US gallons (830 l; 182 imp gal) per minute, which is comparable to other local beverage operations.[5] 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.[6] In 2017, Nestle applied for permits to increase production to 400 gallons (US) per minute.[7]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b Barber, Sally (2006-11-07). "Ice Mountain remains central to water debate". Archived from the original on September 29, 2009. Retrieved 2008-11-02.
  2. ^ 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" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-08-16.
  3. ^ How Michigan water becomes a product inside Nestle's Ice Mountain plant
  4. ^ Edwards, Chase (2002-08-01). "RUMBLES ON ICE MOUNTAIN". Archived from the original on 2008-06-14. Retrieved 2008-11-02.
  5. ^ "Nestlé Waters North America Reaches Agreement on Water Withdrawal Amounts at Sanctuary Springs Source" (PDF). 2006-01-26. Retrieved 2008-11-02.
  6. ^ "Nestlé raises stakes in bottled water battle". 2007-01-27. Retrieved 2008-11-02.
  7. ^ "Planning commission to vote on Nestle water permit". 2017-04-18. Retrieved 2017-04-18.