Conserving Our Liquid Diamonds


| 3/2/2016 9:01:00 AM


Tags: Water, Bottled Water, Clean Water, Municipal Water, Lois Hoffman,

Country Moonwater

Nearly everything that we consume is regulated by the law of supply and demand. Diamonds are usually considered to be one of the most expensive and sought-after items the earth has to give us. That is why I refer to water as liquid diamonds. Water and air are the two most basic essentials to sustain life. We use it for drinking, bathing , food processing, cooling … the list is endless. Never in my generation’s wildest dreams did we ever believe that we would have to buy water for drinking. Today, bottled water is more of a norm than a rarity.

Bottled water has that “healthy,” pure image even though it is less regulated than tap water and generally more expensive.  The popular consensus is that bottled water tastes better than tap water from a municipal water supply or well water. Ten years ago Americans drank 8 billion gallons of bottled water and spent close to 100 billion dollars on it in one year. My personal observation is that, after being accustomed to well water for so long, bottled water has no flavor. It lacks all the minerals that give water its specific “taste.”

Isn’t water “water”? I never really thought about the source of bottled water before, thinking it all came from natural springs. I was shocked to learn that 25% of bottled water comes from municipal water supplies. So, essentially we are still drinking tap water, only out of a bottle. This whole water situation does get a little complicated.

Tap water, by definition, is stored in reservoirs, carried by pipes to homes and managed by municipalities. Even though it goes through many stages of processing, it can be hard or soft. To begin with, dirt and other particles are removed through coagulation. Aluminum and other chemicals are added to attract dirt particles which sink to the bottom. The water is then passed through layers of sand, gravel, charcoal and filters to remove even smaller particles. Some of this water from municipal supply sources is treated with UV light to kill bacteria and then filtered to get rid of excessive minerals. A small amount of chlorine is added to kill micro organisms.

Bottled water can be either mineral or spring water, both of which is bottled at the source and may not have any processing except the introduction of carbon dioxide. Both natural mineral water and spring water originate from natural, protected and specific underground sources. Besides being bottled at the source, they must be microbiologically safe to drink without treatment. The difference between the two is natural mineral water is required to have a stable mineral composition.

petresinassociation
3/3/2016 3:13:01 PM

We wanted to weigh in on water bottle recycling. These single-serve water and beverage bottles are made predominantly in the U.S. from polyethylene terephthalate or PET, which is the world's (and the U.S.'s) most recycled plastic. Recycling rates in the U.S. are higher than 20 percent, with more than 1 million bottles recycled every hour. Recycling rates have steadily risen, and we encourage continued recycling of these bottles, as PET is fully recyclable and can be remade into products like carpeting, clothing, and of course new bottles. For more information please visit www.petresin.org.


ironhorse
3/2/2016 10:49:09 AM

I wish wish wish your article was all wrong and it is just an episode of the Twilight Zone. I wish more people paid attention to this!





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