What’s In Your Water?

Let’s start off by asking “What is in our water at Pocahontas Spring?”  The answer is “what Mother Earth put into it with the addition of fine filter to capture debris (don’t want rock parts in your water) and we hit it with a ultraviolet light to kill any bacteria.  Ultraviolet (or UV) light is a type of radiation. In simple terms, when any type of bacteria or microbe is directly exposed to certain types of UV light, the DNA (its fundamental building block) of the cell is damaged, preventing it from replicating. If a cell cannot reproduce, then the cell cannot cause infection, which is how UV light kills bacteria.  This does not affect the quality of the water (taste, smell, pH, alkaline or mineral makeup), it just kills the bacteria.  From there, the water goes out the vending spouts to your containers.

But water that goes through metropolitan treatment facilities, often have added chemicals, like chlorine and fluoride.  However, people are now concerned about the things that are being added to the water they drink.

Chlorination is the process of adding chlorine to drinking water to disinfect it and kill germs. Different processes can be used to achieve safe levels of chlorine in drinking water.   While the chlorine could be harmful in high doses, when it is added to water, they all mix in and spread out, resulting in low levels that kill germs but are still safe to drink.  The reason for adding chlorine is that the source of water that is being treated is a combination of a feed of water sources (lakes and streams) combined with runners off from sewers and land.  This means that treatment plants have a lot of stuff to kill before it gets to your house.  It also has to have enough chemicals in it to safely pass through pipes to residences.  To us, water like this is good for flushing and bathing, but not so good for drinking … but hey, we’re particular about our water.

Then there is fluoride.  The addition to fluoride, once hailed as an outstanding healthcare achievement since it was found to curb tooth decay, began being controversial in the 1950s.   Today, people have developed a number of theories, many of which have been debunked,  as to the dangers of the naturally found compound.  There is a big movement by many municipalities to have it removed from their water treatment, believing that it causes autism and a number of other negative health conditions.  The fact is, people want less added to their water.

When it comes to bottled water that you see in the store, there may be no chlorine or fluoride in the water but there may be something you never thought should be …. PLASTIC.  The perception of bottled water being clean and pure is being challenged by a global investigation that found the water tested is often contaminated with tiny particles of plastic.

A number of factors  are going to determine our fate as a planet, clean water is one of them.  We came across this  article in Wired that said climate change could impact the production / cost of beer!!!  Say it ain’t so!

There is also the issue of contaminants being purposely put into water sources that is meant to do no harm.  In Minnesota, they are using a chemical in lakes to get rid of the algae that is growing out of control … but some are skeptical as to whether or not it is harmful to those who later drink that water.  You decide, but we think when man tries to resolve one problem, he often creates two.

We prefer water from the earth, from deep within the earth.

Big Problems Require Big Thinking … Our Growing Population And How To Feed It

We have addressed, and will continue  to  address, the issues surrounding how we provide safe drinking water to people locally and nationally.  One of the issues that has caused our water problems has been the expansion of our population that has led  to pollution, loss of  clean water supplies and over use of  chemicals to treat an aging  infrastructure to deliver clean water.   The sheer size of the world’s population is posing  yet another problem, how to feed us  all.

In an exceptional  article in the  Washington  Post, Joel Achenbach says that one of the solutions to feeding the masses involves less reliance on meat  and the adoption of more fruits and vegetables (just  like your mom told you).  Looks like the vegan  lifestyle was more  practical than many of us thought … it is the future.  According to a report published in the journal Nature:

The food system is a major driver of climate change, changes in land use, depletion of freshwater resources, and pollution of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems through excessive nitrogen and phosphorus inputs. Here we show that between   2010 and 2050, as a result of expected changes in population and income levels, the environmental effects of the food  system could increase by 50–90% in the absence of technological changes and dedicated mitigation measures, reaching  levels that are beyond the planetary boundaries that define a safe operating space for humanity. We analyse several options for reducing the environmental effects of the food system, including dietary changes towards healthier, more  plant-based diets, improvements in technologies and management, and reductions in food loss and waste. We find that  no single measure is enough to keep these effects within all planetary boundaries simultaneously, and that a synergistic  combination of measures will be needed to sufficiently mitigate the projected increase in environmental pressures.
One driving factor of the pollution of the earth (and there are many) is the consumption of meat (poultry, beef and pork).  Achenbach’s assessment is that “… efforts to keep climate change at an acceptable level won’t be successful without a huge reduction in meat consumption.”  Eat your veggies.
Here are some other facts you  might find interesting (shocking):
  • Half the planet’s ice-free land surface is devoted to livestock or the growing of feed for those animals, Richardson said. That’s an area equal to North and South America combined
  • Some 70 percent of the world’s fresh water is already used in agriculture
  • Rising income in China and many other formerly impoverished countries brings with it a higher demand for meat and other forms of animal protein
  • The current food system is incredibly wasteful, with about a third of the food produced eventually being discarded because of spoilage
  • About 3 billion people are malnourished today and 1 billion of them suffer from food scarcity

Changes in how we treat our planet will come about by either careful planning or necessity.   I think we know which one is preferred.

Here Is What We Are Working On … And There’s Plenty

THANK YOU!  THANK YOU!  THANK YOU!

We are so appreciative of the support everyone showed during our Lynnfield Zoning Board of  Appeals meeting on October 2.  We prevailed at the hearing and many of you got to speak on behalf of our spring.  We know you had other things to do  and greatly appreciate your taking the time to attend.  Now our work continues.

Our goal is to provide our wonderful water to you and to educate you on what we see are challenges to water supplies around the world.  While we note challenges, we also want to provide solutions.  As we  carry out our mission, we will continue to be focused on writing here on the following issues:

Our Spring – We provide updates on our spring and share the stories of the people who visit it.  Our articles contain hyperlinks to the sources of our stories … NO FAKE NEWS HERE!   We know that people who visit  our website and spring have interest in water and conserving our planet … so we turn you on to news and resources  that keep  you informed.   Here is a good article we found on Indians who have no drinking  water when there is a Nestle water bottler nearby!  It is stories like this that we want to bring to your attention.

The Retail Water Markets – We know that you pass through shopping markets and see water labeled as “spring,” “mineral,” “pure,” etc.  But what we continue to read about mislabeling of water that is nothing more than filtered/chemically treated water. Lawsuits against giants Nestle and LaCroix provide a disturbing look into what goes into water that many people drink each day.  Whether people enjoy these water products for convenience or safety (public water supplies are another problem) they trust that these companies and the government organizations that provide oversight will provide a safe product.  This may not be the case.

Quality of Our Public Water – We are the first  to admit that Boston has done a lot to clean up the harbor and rivers … but it probably had nowhere to go but up!  Boston Harbor is the cleanest it has been in decades and the The Charles River is almost swimmable (not that we would recommend that).  However, each week we seem to see problems with local water supplies … like in Stoneham,

Plastics And Our Oceans – Our oceans are in trouble.  Plastics, overfishing and pollution spilling into the oceans is killing our most abundant resource … WATER!  Again, some of these issues  hit close to home like this story of seals dying along our coast earlier this year.  The specific reasons for this type of damage are not known, but it is clear that it has to do with our continued mistreatment of our oceans.  For our part, our business model is based on reusing containers (preferably glass) through vending refills.  This eliminates millions of plastic bottles from our landfills and oceans.

Saving Our Planet – We believe that our  spring provides a way for people to connect with the earth.   It is more than just saving our planet from pollution, it is about getting to know more about the planet so we care enough to save it.  To some, our spring has been a place of spiritual enrichment and others a place to meditate in a busy world.  There is a spiritual awakening going on around the country and we see it everyday at Boston Clear.

Whatever your reasons for visiting our  spring, we thank you.  We thank you for sharing your stories and stopping by to talk to us in the office.  We thank you for your support and we look forward to serving future generations the finest water in the galaxy!

 

 

 

 

October 3, 2018 – You Were Heard And The Spring Stays!

It is with gratitude that we inform you that Pocahontas Spring at Boston Clear will remain open.  We had so many supporters who stayed until near midnight to hear the Lynnfield ZBA come  to its decision.   THANK YOU!!

While we will not dwell on the past, we take from this experience just how much this place is loved by so many people.  Now we move on to serving you the best water in the galaxy, bringing you life enriching stories and welcoming you to the spring.

Our  focus will now turn to serving you better.  The coming water crisis (both the shortage of and its treatment by chemicals) is a  growing concern.  In India, where access to clean water has become a health crisis, one technology company has started water ATMs around cities.  The company, Janajal, is at the forefront of delivering water to millions of people in India.  We see that same trend here in the U.S. as there are numerous reports  on how cities are struggling to deliver clean drinking water to its citizens.  In New York,  they recently announced a $200 million plan to  provide clean water.  It will take years to implement, so what do citizens do until then?

Bottled water is an issue.  It creates other problems such as concerns for how plastics interact with the water and the disposal of the plastic container.  In some situations, there will always be a need for plastic bottles, but the days of lifeless water being stacked on pallets at the store  will come to an end as consumers demand that their water offer something more than H2O.

The future of water is upon us and your support for our spring means that we will be her to be a part of the solution to the coming water crisis.  From all of us at Boston Clear …. THANK YOU!