Ice Mountain (water)

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Ice Mountain
MarketMidwestern United States
Produced byBlueTriton Brands
Bromine (Br)0.014-0.02
Calcium (Ca)45-80
Chloride (Cl)1.1-6.6
Fluoride (F)0-0.32
Manganese (Mn)0
Magnesium (Mg)16-31
Nitrate (NO3)0
Potassium (K)0-1.3
Sodium (Na)2.5-6.4
Sulfate (SO4)10-16
All concentrations in milligrams per liter (mg/L); pH without units

Ice Mountain is a brand of bottled water from BlueTriton Brands, 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.[2][3] The water is drawn from underground springs using pump technology. Bottling is done at a plant in Stanwood, Michigan.[4]

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.[2][5] 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.[6] Nestlé (which owned Ice Mountain at the time) 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.[7] In 2017, Nestle applied for permits to increase production to 400 gallons (US) per minute.[8] In 2019, a Michigan appellate court ruled that Nestle's Ice Mountain bottled water operation was not an essential public service, its bottled water was not a public water supply and Osceola Township was within its rights to deny the company zoning approval for a new booster pump station to move its water.[9]


  1. ^ "2020 Ice Mountain Water Analysis Report" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2021-02-28. Retrieved 2021-04-08.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ 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.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "How Michigan water becomes a product inside Nestle's Ice Mountain plant". mlive. December 8, 2016.
  5. ^ Edwards, Chase (2002-08-01). "RUMBLES ON ICE MOUNTAIN". Archived from the original on 2008-06-14. Retrieved 2008-11-02.
  6. ^ "Nestlé Waters North America Reaches Agreement on Water Withdrawal Amounts at Sanctuary Springs Source" (PDF) (Press release). 2006-01-26. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-03-09. Retrieved 2008-11-02.
  7. ^ "Nestlé raises stakes in bottled water battle". 2007-01-27. Retrieved 2008-11-02.
  8. ^ "Planning commission to vote on Nestle water permit". 2017-04-18. Archived from the original on 2017-04-19. Retrieved 2017-04-18.
  9. ^ Matheny, Keith. "State Court of Appeals rules against Nestle's Ice Mountain bottled water in zoning dispute". Detroit Free Press.

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