WATER from Widnes's own spring will be powering the Vikings this season.
Alder Spring, which bottles water from an underground lake in Cronton, has become the official water supplier for the Super League team and sponsor of the Vikings in the Community programmes, and the Vikings' image will be displayed on bottle labels produced by the company.
Three years ago, Cronton resident Sam Morphet hired a contractor to dig a bore hole and find water on his land after suffering problems with his water supply.
Inspired by an episode of Only Fools and Horses, Sam decided to see if the general public would be interested in buying genuine Cronton water.
After testing and approval by the Environment Agency and the council, Sam's water hit the streets, selling more than 100 bottles in the first week. That figure has now risen to 10,000 bottles a week with Alder Spring water distributed to schools in Knowsley and Warrington.
The water is naturally filtered through 300ft of sandstone and it is thought the source dates back to before the ice age. Cronton's original well has tapped into the supply for many years.
Sharon Morphet, Alder Spring director, said: 'We're really excited about our deal with the Vikings, we've been made to feel a part of the club and its work in the community and it's all about bringing local businesses together. We're also in talks with Asda and hopefully that'll come about quite soon so that everyone in the area will be able to enjoy the water.'
And fellow Alder Spring director Tracey Parry added: 'This is the real thing, it isn't just glorified tap water - like some which have been in the news recently!' Andrew Kirchin, Vikings media manager, said: 'We are delighted to strike a relationship with Alder Spring and look forward to working with them in the coming years. Our players get through a huge amount of water during training and it is vital for them to keep hydrated, so to have our own water supplier, on our doorstep, is a great benefit.'