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.