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In September, 1991 the North Carolina Board of Agriculture adopted rules that defined well water and spring water. The effective date for these rules was April 1, 1992. Spring water in North Carolina is ground water that freely flows to the earth's surface without mechanical aid. Well water originates from holes that are cored, bored, drilled, jetted, dug or other wise constructed to tap an aquifer through which water is derived by mechanical aid.

Several administrative steps were taken by various parties to block implementation of these rules. At its meeting on March 19, 1992, the Board of Agriculture heard additional testimony and then reaffirmed its support of the original rules. The board acted in favor of truth in labeling for consumers.

The NCSWA applauds the N.C. Board of Agriculture and represented the spring water sources, bottlers, distributors, and consumers, in these meetings.

Join the NCSWA, protect the natural resource of natural spring water.


On behalf of the N.C.S.W.A. I thank you for taking the time to learn more about natural spring water and the North Carolina Spring Water Association.

Natural spring water is water that flows naturally to the surface. The spring itself must be pure and the watershed must be original and undisturbed. Once a natural spring has passed all State and Federal Rules and Guidelines, it can be bottled and sold.

Why does the consumer want to seek out this water? First, it is the only water that won't suck the aquifer dry if a drought occurs, possibly causing your well to go dry. Second, it's simply the best-tasting, purest form of water you can drink.

How does the consumer find this pristine water? Simply look for the gold NCSWA seal, like the one at the top of this page. only naturally flowing, great-tasting spring water will ever wear this seal.

Micheal Haynes, (President of the North Carolina Spring Water Association)

The Springs of NC

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Bob has lived in Western North Carolina his entire life and has provided informative facts about the environment we live in and the many resources available.

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