Sunday, April 15, 2012

Local Natural Spring Water - Sort Of


Drink bottled water? Have a favorite? Love its natural, spring fed taste? Well if you do you may not wish to read this article.

One of the downsides to moving was no longer having our natural, artesian source water. We had forgotten just how "treated" municipally supplied water can taste. Hate knocking Orange Park but the water is foul tasting. I'm sure in time we'll adjust.

However, while we slowly acclimate ourselves we thought we would spring (pun intended) for the Zephyrhills Natural Spring Water home delivery. So I started checking out the price which led me to checking out the competition. Only one problem. There really isn't any real competition to speak of. In fact, your favorite spring water may not actually be coming from your favorite natural spring source. Heck, it may not even be spring water.

Welcome to the water bottling conglomerate of Nestle. Yes, that Nestle. The one indelibly branded into your childhood memory of chocolate milk mornings,
Well add water to the list. You may no longer be gulping their sugar fortified, calcium enriched, natural grass fed cow produced milk but dollar to a donut you're gulping their mineral enhanced, source revolving, natural bottled spring water. Or well water. It seems the FDA isn't real particular about spring or well, it's more about mineral make up. And the source is, well, read the article.

Or simply choose to enjoy your favorite natural spring fed bottled water but I have to tell you, I wouldn't get too hung up on the label. Everything isn't always what it seems...
peace
fm

4 comments:

Vivian M said...

Have you tried using a Brita or other carbon type filtering device? They have ones that hook up to your faucet. Although we have great water, I still boil and then filter mine (mostly a habit now).

Mel//Miss//Missy/Cobbie/MCHammer/MC said...

don't forget your "neince-in-law" Brit & she works for Poland Springs, aka, Nestle......

Mel//Miss//Missy/Cobbie/MCHammer/MC said...

Maybe you should chat w?brit when you all come this way....

bcarter said...

Ok so I would like to clarify a couple of things..... First of all its an article and doesn't site any sources and I'm going from my knowledge of Poland Springs as I only know a little about Zephyrhills. Actually if a bottle like Poland Springs has the word 'spring' in the title it HAS to come from a spring source. A spring source HAS to be a true spring bubbling from the ground. When a lable claims to have spring water legally it has to. Or the company can be fined. A company is not allowed to claim they have spring water in the bottle if it's not true spring water. Maybe what confuses people is the fact like, for example, Poland Springs comes from 8 different spring sources. But there is also another brand called Nestlé Pure Life which does NOT contain spring water. This product uses 'well' water and the minerals are added to it. So in the article it is true that Nestlé Pure Life doesnt contain any spring water. At least up here on all of our products from Poland Springs the lable says exactly where the water comes from. Anyways just had to share my two cents!! Let me know if you have any more questions! Haha