[CLOSED SPRING ] Ann & Hope commercial well


Posted: May 27, 2015

Category: Massachusetts, View All

Route 109
Millis, MA 02054
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One of five wells originally owned and operated by Clicquot Club Co. to product their soft drinks.  This spring still remains in the parking lot of the Clicquot Club factory which closed in 1980.  It is now maintained by Ann & Hope.  Cost is $0.25/gal

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  1. Susan says:

    Been closed for several weeks now!

  2. ROSEANN says:


  3. David says:

    CLOSED! 6/07/15

  4. Jodi says:

    This has sadly closed and I’m so upset about it.

  5. lisa says:

    FYI- This spring/well is located in an industrial area and has a history of chemical contamination.
    I was looking for a spring in my area and was excited to see this spring nearby. It’s in an industrial area so I did a little research and found this in an NRDC article about bottled water:
    An Example of Industrial-Solvent Contamination of Bottled Water [102]

    One particularly troubling case of industrial-chemical contamination of bottled water arose in Massachusetts. Massachusetts Department of Public Health files reveal that the Ann & Hope commercial well in Millis, Massachusetts, for years supplied several bottlers, including Cumberland Farms, West Lynn Creamery, Garelick Farms, and Spring Hill Dairy with “spring water” sold under many brand names.

    According to state officials and records, this well is located literally in a parking lot at an industrial warehouse facility and is sited near a state-designated hazardous-waste site. Several chemical contaminants were found in the water, including trichloroethylene (an EPA-designated probable human carcinogen). On at least four occasions these chemicals were found at levels above EPA and FDA standards in the well water. Dichloroethane, methylene chloride, and other synthetic organic chemicals (industrial chemicals) were also found, though the source of these contaminants reportedly was not identified.

    Contamination was found in the water in 1993, 1994, 1995, and 1996, but according to a state memo written in 1996, “at no time did Ann & Hope [the well operating company] do anything to determine the source of the contamination nor treat the source. Rather, they continued to sell water laced with volatile organic compounds, some of which were reported in finished product.” The contamination levels depended on pumping rates from the wells. After a state employee blew the whistle on the problem and demanded better protection of bottled water in the state, she was ordered not to speak to the media or bottlers and was reassigned by Massachusetts Department of Public Health supervisors to other duties, in what she alleges was a retaliatory action. State officials deny that her reassignment was due to retaliation. The well reportedly is no longer being used for bottled water after the controversy became public.

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