Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Bottled water comes from drought-ridden California, so?

Mother Jones/Environment/Julia Lurie, 8/11/14.  "Bottled water comes from the most drought-ridden places in the country. Popular brands like Aquafina and Dasani source from catastrophically dry parts of the West."

45% Tap water,
examples, Aquafina,
and Dasani
"Bottled-water drinkers, we have a problem: There's a good chance that your water comes from California, a state experiencing the third-driest year on record.

The details of where and how bottling companies get their water are often quite murky, but generally speaking, bottled water falls into two categories. The first is "spring water," or groundwater that's collected, according to the EPA, "at the point where water flows naturally to the earth's surface or from a borehole that taps into the underground source." About 55 percent of bottled water in the United States is spring water, including Crystal Geyser and Arrowhead.

The other 45 percent comes from the municipal water supply, meaning that companies, including Aquafina and Dasani, simply treat tap water—the same stuff that comes out of your faucet at home—and bottle it up. (Weird, right?)

But regardless of whether companies bottle from springs or the tap, lots of them are using water in exactly the areas that need it most right now.  Read article,  includes USA and CA maps of general bottled water sources.

Reference -  United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), (pdf pages 7), "Water Health Series:  Bottled Water Basics." This pdf was linked in the original article.

Related Spring Water Crystal Geyser/The Difference/CG Roxane, "Spring sources." .... "Unlike many other major water brands, we never blend our spring water with waters trucked from other locations. When you drink CRYSTAL GEYSER® ALPINE SPRING WATER®, you can be certain that the water you’re drinking comes from one location. Our spring sources are right there on each label - near Olancha Peak, in the Sierra Nevada; near Mt. Shasta in Weed, California; near the mountains in the Cherokee National Forest in Benton, Tennessee; near the Blue Ridge Mountains in Salem, South Carolina; near the Ossipee Mountains of Moultonborough, New Hampshire, Ouachita Mountain range of Norman, Arkansas and near the Adirondack Park of Johnstown, New York."

Arrowhead/Be Assured/Our quality. "Filtered Naturally by the Earth." "10 step quality and safety process"  Once our mountain spring water is collected at the spring, it undergoes stringent controls to ensure that by the time it gets to you, each drop has been screened for 30x more contaminants than the leading pitcher filter removes. Our testing standards meet or exceed those set by the EPA and FDA—so you can be confident in the pure quality of Arrowhead® Brand 100% Mountain Spring Water."  "History and Heritage" (1810-2011)"  "High on the south slope of California's San Bernardino Mountains, hot springs that bubble up from earth's surface give way to cold-water streams that carry some of the world's most delicious spring water from the mountains above." 2011 on may be different spring water sources.

Note:  photograph from  Uncyclopedia.wikia.com.

Posted by Kathy Meeh

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