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December, 2006
Preservative in Ice Mountain water creates waste problem in Michigan

Nestle flavored water product at center of issue
A common food industry preservative being found in the wastewater from the maker of Ice Mountain bottled water is causing problems with the treatment of municipal wastewater discharged into the Muskegon River.  The preservative, potassium sorbate, is found in the wastewater from the Ice Mountain water bottling facility in Stanwood and is turning up at the treatment plant in Big Rapids.  The chemical is interfering with the plant's ultraviolet disinfection system, bouncing the UV light back toward the lamps and limiting its ability to pass through the water to kill bacteria before being discharged, according to city engineer Don Greiner.  Potassium sorbate is an ingredient in the Splash line of flavored waters from Nestle Waters North America, a branch of Switzerland-based Nestle SA, said Ice Mountain spokeswoman Deb Muchmore. She said the company was working with Big Rapids officials to find a solution.  Associated Press_12/28/06

Wegmans Food Markets Inc. to begin restocking its own bottled water brand

It was pulled from shelves in five eastern states this past August. Wegmans recalled the water after samples were found to have high levels of bromate, a chemical created in the disinfection process. A spokeswoman for the Rochester-based chain says company officials have been working to find a new supplier since the recall. The newly sourced Food You Feel Good About bottled water will be launched January 14th. The Environmental Protection Agency says years of drinking water with high bromate levels could lead to a higher risk of cancer. AP/WMDT_ 12/23/06

Bottled water supplier Premium Waters Inc. to open plant in Douglas, Georgia

Gov. Sonny Perdue's office said the planty will bring about 100 jobs to south Georgia's Coffee County. Premium Waters Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Chesterman Coca-Cola Bottling, plans to spend $30 million and create 100 jobs over the next three years with its first plant in Georgia, according to a statement from the governor's office. Chesterman Bottling, a family owned business, is a private label water supplier for Wal-Mart, Office Depot, Sonic, Harrah's and Kmart. Premium bottles its own Glacier Clear, Chippewa Spring, Kandiyohi, Nature's Crystal, Crystal Glen, and Glacier Mist brands along with hundreds of brands owned by the company's customers. AP/Ledger-Enquirer_ 12/21/06

Study by Canadian scientist shows levels of potentially toxic chemical in some bottled water increases the longer the water is stored in plastic containers

The research, by a Canadian scientist now working in Germany, involved 132 brands of bottled water from 28 countries produced in containers made from polyethylene terephthalate, or PET. In a paper to be published early next year, William Shotyk of the University of Heidelberg found that the concentration of certain chemicals, such as antimony, increases the longer the water sits in the plastic bottle. Shotyk's study measured concentrations for a period of up to six months. Shotyk was cautious about the implications for human health, saying more research is needed. Antimony is a white metallic element that in small doses can cause nausea, dizziness and depression. In large doses, it can be fatal. CP/Yahoo_ 12/21/06

Water for emergencies not meant to be stored for long periods - Canadian expert

Storing water for months, or even years, in preparation for an emergency isn’t a good idea because its quality deteriorates, says the manager of Ottawa’s water system. Dixon Weir told a seminar this week on drinking water and bottled water that he is "uneasy" with some of the advice the public is being given about preparing for emergencies. His concern is that people will assemble their emergency kits, with tap or bottled water, and store them for many months. Because the city’s tapwater is treated only with limited amounts of chlorine and chloramine, it is not suitable to be stored for long periods. Meanwhile, the seminar, which was held at the Ottawa Public Library by the Polaris Institute, an organization dedicated to "democratic social change," was told by a university professor that tests have shown bottled water undergoes serious deterioration when it sits for long periods in plastic. Governments have been urging Canadians in advertising campaigns to get emergency kits together, so they can handle crises, such as the ice storm of January 1998, or the power blackout in the summer of 2003. But Mr. Weir said people should make sure the container for the water is clean, and replenish the water regularly. Ottawa Citizen_ 12/19/06

Religious groups hope to make bottled water a moral issue

Thou shalt not murder. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife. Thou shalt not ... drink bottled water? Rooted in the notion that clean drinking water, like air, is a God-given resource that shouldn't be packaged and sold, a fledgling campaign against the bottling of water has sprung up among people of faith. And though the campaign is at a relative trickle, and confined mostly to left-leaning religious groups, activists hope to build a broad-based coalition to carry the message that water should not be available only to those who can afford it. Cassandra Carmichael, director of eco-justice programs for the National Council of Churches, said she has noted an increasing number of religious groups that consider the bottling of water a wrongful -- perhaps immoral -- act. In October, the National Coalition of American Nuns, a progressive group representing 1,200 U.S. nuns, adopted a resolution asking members to refrain from purchasing bottled water unless necessary. Likewise, Presbyterians for Restoring Creation, a grass-roots group within the Presbyterian Church (USA), launched a campaign last May urging individuals to sign a pledge against drinking bottled water and to take the message to their churches. The United Church of Christ, partnering with the National Council of Churches, produced a documentary, "Troubled Waters," that looked at the dangers of water privatization around the world, including the bottling of water for sale in poor areas. The documentary aired on ABC television in October. In 2005, Americans drank about 7.5 billion gallons of bottled water, a 10.4 percent increase from 2004. The U.S. leads the world in bottled water consumption. At the same time, one-third of the world's population lives under water-stressed conditions. That proportion will double by 2025, according to a 2006 United Nations report on water scarcity. But Stephen Kay, spokesman for the International Bottled Water Association, said targeting bottled water among the hundreds of other products that use water will not lead to long-term solutions in poor areas. He said bottled water is actually a minimal user of ground water. Religion News Service_ 12/15/06

Salt Lake City, Utah discourages bottled water
Mayor Rocky Anderson is telling City Hall staff that some water is bad for the environment. Anderson has asked employees to voluntarily stop supplying bottled water for public meetings and other events. He mentioned the pollution-causing energy required to deliver bottles and the impact on landfills where empties often go to die. Daily Herald_ 12/16/06

Kingfield, Maine celebrates start of construction on Poland Springs water bottling plant
At least 60 new jobs are expected when the plant opens in 2008. Eventually, as many as 100 jobs will be created as part of a project that represents an investment of more than $60 million for Poland Spring. "This has been an extremely challenging process," said Kim Jeffery, chief executive officer for Poland Spring's parent company, Nestle Waters North America and one of the many local and state dignitaries on hand for the luncheon celebration. During the lengthy review process, residents had concerns about truck traffic and the impact the water extraction would have on town's aquifer. In October, the Planning Board approved a permit that allows up to 200 million gallons a year to be extracted, roughly equivalent to one percent of the total amount of the aquifer. The Maine Department of Environmental Protection also approved the project earlier this month. The Poland Spring Water Company employs 700 people in Maine at plants in Poland Spring and Hollis. Kennebec Journal Morning Sentinel_ 12/15/06

Illegal bottled water dealers in Zimbabwe face prosecution

The Ministry of Health and Child Welfare has launched full-scale investigations into the operations of bottled water dealers and producers after it was discovered that most of the firms were distributing sub-standard water. A full list of authorised suppliers will be published on Friday while those not listed will face prosecution if they do not cease operations. Health and Child Welfare Minister Dr David Parirenyatwa yesterday told The Herald that tests conducted by experts on several samples had revealed that in some cases, tap water was of a better quality than some of the bottled water being sold in local retail outlets. The current water shortages besetting Harare, coupled with the increasingly deteriorating quality of bulk supplies, has seen the mushrooming of firms in the line of business of supplying bottled water which they promote as safe and healthy to drink. The Herald/AllAfrica.com_ 12/12/06

Ukrainian bottled water market keeps up with European traditions

Marianna Glotova (Holding GGMW/IDS Group Marketing Vice Director, IDS Group Directors Board member) has forecasted Ukrainian bottled water market non-aerated segment would boost by 17% in 2006 (16% — in 2007), reported Holding GGMW/IDS Group press-service. She said the country's bottled water market aerated segment growth rate will reach 14% within 2006/07. Glotova emphasized Ukrainian bottled water market presently follows European traditions; she said market is advancing highly dynamically and by now is far from total glut. "Presently Ukrainian per capita aerated water annual consumption (31 liter) is over 1,5 times up against Russian (19 liter)," admitted Glotova. Ukrainian 2006 per capita non-aerated water annual consumption has grown to 5,6 liter, up 14 times against 2000 (0,4 liter).  Agro Perspectiva_ 12/8/06

China's Tingyi Holdings targets bottled water to boost drinks unit - report

China's largest packaged food company, Tingyi Holdings, has said it hopes to acquire a 30% stake in the mineral water market over the next three years, according to reports from Hong Kong newspaper, The Standard. The food group is reportedly hoping to boost its share in the mainland beverage market by expanding its current 12.4% share of the mineralized water market to 30% by 2009, the group's chief financial officer told The Standard. Tingyi is currently ranked second in the mineral water market behind Wahaha, with a 15.9% share, but remains encouraged by the strong growth that it has displayed this year. Hong Kong Standard/Drinks Business Review_ 12/5/06

November, 2006

Nestle, Mexico's Grupo Modelo in bottled water partnership
Nestle AG said its Nestle Waters unit has signed a letter of intent with Grupo Modelo SA DE CV to establish a bottled water alliance in Mexico, the world's second largest bottled water market.  Grupo Modelo is the owner of the Corona brand and is the leading beer producer and distributor in Mexico.  The aim of the alliance is to further develop Nestle Waters' existing bottled water business in Mexico, Nestle said.  Forbes_11/30/06

Bottled water top flavors for 2006

Productscan Online reports that blend was the leading flavor in new bottled water launches for the 12 months to September 2006, followed by lemon and orange, a ranking that remained unchanged from the same period in 2005. Meanwhile blackberry and grape flavors are new to the leader board, whilst berry and grapefruit have left the top rankings altogether. Drinks Business Review_ 11/24/06

Fight for bottled water at Costco in Vancouver, Canada, as thousands still without safe drinking water

A fight broke out and several people were knocked to the ground as customers grappled over limited supplies of bottled water Friday in the aftermath of a boil-water advisory issued for B.C.'s Lower Mainland. The advisory to drink only boiled or bottled water -- issued after torrential rains contaminated municipal reservoirs on Wednesday -- led to a rush of demand for bottled water, with testy customers jostling each other to be first in line. At the Vancouver Costco store where the fight broke out, several hundred people had lined up, some as early as 4 a.m., for the store's 10 a.m. opening. Racks with large jugs of water were stripped bare within three minutes of opening. One man bloodied his hand in the struggle. The police arrived to help control the crowd by 10:15 a.m. When the drinking water ran out, customers headed for the cases of more expensive sparkling Perrier and Pellegrino. By 10:30 even those shelves were cleared and staff began rolling out fresh palettes of the high-end beverages.

Can West News Service/Winnipeg Free Press_ 11/18/06

Designer Water offers unique holiday greetings on custom label bottled water

Designer Water also has orders placed daily for special events such as weddings, birthdays, birth announcements and family gatherings. The custom label bottled water company located in Arlington, Texas, sets itself apart from the other custom label water companies by offering no minimum orders, no set up fees and no color fees. If a person wants to simply order one case of water, Designer Water will be able to accommodate with no extra fees involved. Companies also can customize holiday greetings to be sent to their customers by utilizing one of the existing templates and placing their logo and wording directly on a bottle of water. Family gatherings can be more special with personalized greetings for the holiday's right on a bottle of water. News Release/prweb.com_ 11/12/06

Scotland's Strath Lomond bottled water to leap into the premium market

When it hits the shelves next February it will go head to head with the likes of Highland Spring, Strathmore, Evian and Volvic. Strath Lomond will join Greencore's supermarket own-label brands which include Sainsbury's Caledonian and Asda's Glenburn Spring. Next spring, 750ml and 350ml bottles of Strath Lomond will be available from pubs, airlines, restaurants chains and hotels. Scotland on Sunday_ 11/5/06

South Africa's Rand Water to enter the R600 million bottled water industry

The state-owned company said yesterday that it had already established a bottled-water unit that was conducting feasibility studies and exploring ways in which the water could be distributed nationwide. Rand Water CEO Themba Nkabinde said the decision to venture into the bottled-water market was prompted by the marginal growth in bulk water sales over the past three years. The company has already won a contract to manage and operate the water supply system in Ghana. Rand Water was now eyeing a similar contract in Egypt. Rand Water supplies water to about 60% of SA’s industries and 12-million people. Business Day_ 11/3/06

Water lovers, this one's for you: the 'Water of the Month Club'

During the first week of each month, club members will receive a case of The Bottled Water Store’s selected Water of the Month. Better yet, members will receive it at 10% off the published price. This month’s selected Water of the Month is Contrex Natural Mineral Water, from Contrexeville in Vosges region, the largest natural forest in France. Known for their mineral baths, the French have been visiting Contrexville for centuries to bathe in its waters which offer nourishment. Times-Leader_ 11/1/06

October, 2006

US approves tooth decay claim for fluoride in bottled water

A bottled water containing fluoride in the US can now state it helps to prevent tooth decay, the country’s food safety regulator has said, opening up both opportunities and debate. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the health claim for bottled water containing between 0.6mg and 1mg per litre of fluoride. A model statement would state that “drinking fluoridated water may reduce the risk of dental cavities/ tooth decay”, the FDA said, although the claim cannot be used for waters marketed directly at infants. The move opens up a new avenue in the fast-growing bottled water market, but will also be seen as controversial at a time when potential health risks linked to fluoride remain unclear. The FDA said a review of government health reports on fluoride between 1991 and 2001 showed the tooth decay claim was valid. Beverage Daily_ 10/20/06

Canadian water bottler says companies should pay government royalties for water

The owner of an Alberta bottled water company says governments should consider collecting royalty fees from companies that bottle and sell municipal water. Brad Wallace bottles spring water, sparkling water and water filtered through reverse osmosis for export and consumption in Alberta, in the town of Nanton, south of Calgary. Companies that use municipal water supplies to make bottled water should pay more for it, he said. Coca Cola filters Calgary's municipal water to make its popular brand Dasani. Meanwhile Pepsi trucks in municipal water from Vancouver or Mississauga, Ont., for its brand, Aquafina. Elizabeth Griswold, head of the Canadian Bottled Water Association, said bottlers such as Coca Cola do pay the same for their water as other industries, but they shouldn't be singled out for royalty fees. Municipal water that is bottled is fundamentally changed when it is filtered because most of the minerals are removed, she said. Last year, more than 1.9 billion litres of water were bottled across Canada. cbc.ca_ 10/13/06

Vancouver, Canada considers ban on bottled water sales inside city hall

The city that once declared itself a nuclear-free zone is thinking smaller these days and now considering making city hall a bottled-water-free zone. Vancouver Councillor Tim Stevenson, who last drank bottled water during a vacation in Europe this summer, said city hall should set an example and market tap water to the public, just like water bottlers use marketing to convince customers to buy their products. Mr. Stevenson has asked the city manager to prepare a report to find out how much bottled water is being sold and distributed from city hall facilities and then he plans to introduce a motion to ban bottled water on city property. Mr. Stevenson said city hall employees and municipal politicians can set an example by getting water directly from the tap instead of under a cap. Residents in Vancouver, like everyone else in the Greater Vancouver Regional District, receive water from three mountain reservoirs. No one has a reason to drink bottled water, said Councillor Suzanne Anton, who can't remember the last time she drank it. Globe and Mail_ 10/13/06

Godrej enters India's bottled water market

Godrej group of foods and beverages is all set to enter into the mineral water segment with its exclusive range of bottled mineral water 'Aava', currently being sold in limited regions in the country. The company is in talks with Ahmedabad-based Sheelpe Enterprises to market the brand on a larger scale. Bottled mineral water by Godrej, 'Aava' is sourced from the Aravalli and is currently being retailed in Gujarat, Mumbai and Pune. However, the company plans to market it at a much larger scale. CNN/IBN_ 10/11/06

Environmental group challenges safety of Canada's bottled water rules

The Sierra Legal Defence Fund, in a report being released today on the state of Canada's drinking-water supply, says consumers can't automatically assume that what comes out of a bottle is superior to what flows from a tap because the bottling industry is so poorly regulated. Bottled water is regulated by the federal government as a food under the Food and Drug Act and must pass tests for bacterial contamination to be allowed on the market. Many bottlers supplant this relatively light regulatory burden with an industry developed code stipulating contaminant monitoring similar to that done on municipal water. The fund said this voluntary testing is inadequate because it isn't legally enforceable and its results do not have to be made public. The Canadian Bottled Water Association, a trade group representing the industry, said the code used by its members requires tests for 150 potential water contaminants. Elizabeth Griswold, the organization's executive director, said the association backs up its testing requirements with annual unannounced inspections at bottling plants to ensure companies are following the rules. Globe and Mail_ 10/10/06

Convention Crashing: The International Bottled Water Association

There is woe in water land. Rising petroleum prices are making supply (bottles, palettes) and distribution (diesel fuel) more expensive. Competition between giant corporations will destroy most small bottlers. Price wars have trained consumers to expect a cheap product, Wal-Mart demands them, and anyway, the American middle class is shrinking; so who's going to be able to afford it at a higher price? "We need to change the way we sell water," said industry analyst Kathleen Ransome. "At what point will consumers turn to the tap?" Such was the vision Ransome held up for attendees at the International Bottled Water Association convention at the Mandalay Bay last week. (Theme: "Everyone's a Winner"). And an odd one it is, too, for an industry that has experienced amazing growth for a decade - the part of it with the multiounce bottles you buy and not the staid-but-steady part with multigallon ones that get delivered. Last year, Ransome said, Americans spent $13.1 billion on bottled water. (The Beverage Marketing Corporation estimates that figure at $9.8 billion.) But the market's growth is slowing. "The picture has been pretty ugly for the last two years," Ransome said. Las Vegas Sun_ 10/9/06

BlingH2O

Bling Beverages, LLC is now marketing a swanky new bottled water called Bling H2O. The bottle's packaging is adorned with Swarovski crystals that spell out the product name, with each bottle selling for anywhere between $24.00 and $40.00. The water is being marketed to luxury buyers, obviously, and has appeared at various award shows where the likes of Paris Hilton and Jamie Foxx have been seen enjoying the beverage. Notice I didn't say "new beverage" because it's just water, for crying for out loud. Kevin G. Boyd, the Hollywood producer and writer who came up with the idea, is marketing the water to those who want to "do more than just quench their thirst." I'm not sure what else there is to do with water, unless he's suggesting people bathe in it, too. AdJab.com_ 10/9/06

International Bottled Water Association announces 2006-2007 officers, board members and executive committee

Charlie McCoy was elected Chairman of the IBWA Board of Directors for the upcoming 2006 - 2007 term. McCoy has represented CCDA Waters, LLC, at IBWA since the company's formation in 2003. He is a member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors and served as IBWA Treasurer in 2005 and Vice Chairman in 2006.

2006-2007 IBWA Officers:
Charlie McCoy, Chairman, CCDA Waters, LLC
Chris Saxman, Vice Chairman, Shenandoah Valley Water Co.
Dimitrios Smyrnios, Treasurer, Nestle Waters of North America, Inc.
Phil Susterick, Immediate Past Chairman, Culligan Bottled Water Company

2006-2007 IBWA Board Members:
Stewart Allen, DS Waters of America, LP
Peter Baker, Vermont Pure Springs, Inc.
Joseph Cimino, Northern Springs, Inc.
Diane Drey, Snow Bird Corporation
Scott Hoover, Roaring Spring Bottling
Dan Kelly, Polymer Solutions International
James J. Land, Jr., Wissahickon Spring Water Co.
Dave Nagle, Snow Valley, Inc.
Carol Peterson, Allied Purchasing Co.
Steve Raupe, Eureka Water Company
Robert Smith, Grand Springs Distribution
Jeffrey Vinyard, Crystal Springs Bottled Water Co.
Marcus Wren, III, Music Mountain Water Co.

2006-2007 IBWA Executive Committee:
Charlie McCoy, Chairman, CCDA Waters, LLC
Stewart Allen, DS Waters of America, LP
Rick Hess, Hess Machine International
Henry R. Hidell, III, Hidell-Eyster International
Kim Jeffery, Nestle Waters North America, Inc.
John LaPides, Snow Valley, Inc.
Steve Raupe, Eureka Water Company
Chris Saxman, Shenandoah Valley Water Co.
Dimitrios Smyrnios, Nestle Waters of North America, Inc.
Phil Susterick, Culligan Bottled Water Company
Mike Verrochi, Blue Hills Spring Water Co., Inc.
Jeffrey Vinyard, Crystal Springs Bottled Water Co. Press Release_ 10/6/06

Firm told to stop tapping Arizona springs for bottled water

On the strength of an environmental damage report by a local biologist, Maricopa County is demanding a water bottling company at Seven Springs stop operating or face litigation. A Phoenix law firm representing Maricopa County and its interest in the Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area has sent a letter to the owners of the Sedona Springs Bottled Water Co., asking the firm to immediately cease the "unlawful diversion of water from Seven Springs Wash" for "private, commercial purposes."In March, 2004, the Tonto National Forest granted Todd Newman, owner of the water company, permission to divert as much as 38 million gallons a year out of Seven Springs. The bottling operation began during one of Arizona's worst droughts. Sedona Springs is not affiliated with Sedona Bottling Co. of Phoenix, bottlers of "Purely Sedona" water. Arizona Republic_ 10/6/06 (logon required)

Crystal Geyser withdraws foul-smelling bottled water; Company says it's not unhealthy

The maker of Crystal Geyser Bottled Water says an error at a bottling plant caused a foul-smelling product to be released, according to NBC4. A company representative told NBC4 they're withdrawing 33,000 cases of small bottles of water after complaints about a foul odor and bad taste. NBC4's Angie Crouch: A spokesperson for Crystal Geyser in San Francisco told us by phone the company is withdrawing 33,000 cases of water bottled between July 22 and September 3 sold in the Los Angeles area. Crystal Geyser says the water isn't unhealthy -- it just tastes bad. A spokesman said the bottles were accidentally capped by lids meant for soda and juice bottles. Crystal Geyser says the caps contain a fatty acid that doesn't affect juice and soda but does make water taste bad. NBC4_ 10/06/06

Some Canadian tap water safer than bottled water: report

Canadians increasingly choose bottled water over tap water. But a new study by the Sierra Legal Defence Fund argues that in some cities, tap water might be safer to drink.  "Particularly if you're in one of Canada's larger cities -- Toronto, Edmonton, Vancouver -- we would say that buying bottled water is probably a waste of your money," the study's author, Randy Christensen, told CTV News.  The report, "Waterproof 2: Canada's Drinking Water Report Card," focuses on flat bottled water, as opposed to carbonated water or mineral water.  CTV_10/6/06

Review bursts oxygen water performance link

The idea that drinking water containing extra oxygen could improve performance during exercise cannot be taken seriously, says a new journal review, in a blow to producers of the drink. There is more oxygen in a breath of fresh air than in a litre of most ‘hyperoxygenated' bottled waters, according to professor Claude Piantadosi, in his review published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Bottled waters containing up to 40 times the oxygen in regular water have emerged as a potentially important niche in the soft drinks sector in recent years, amid theories that they can provide extra energy and speed recovery after exercise. Piantadosi, of Duke University in the US, said evidence from several studies suggested only miniscule amounts of oxygen can be dissolved in drinking water compared with that required for exercise, and that no significant amount of oxygen was absorbed via the intestine. Beverage Daily_ 10/5/06

September, 2006

Bottled water no threat to Ontario groundwater supply: industry

Representatives of Ontario's bottled water industry say their business is no threat to the health of the province's groundwater supply, and that they are being unfairly singled out by critics of the province's commercial water use policy. The Canadian Water Bottlers Association says Ministry of Environment statistics show the industry takes less than two-tenths of one per cent of all the water that is extracted from lakes, rivers and underground streams across the province.  "The amount of water that we're using as an industry is equal to the amount 10 golf courses use in a year," said Elizabeth Griswold, head of the Canadian Bottled Water Association.  Griswold argued that Ontario's Liberals drew on incomplete information when they made an election promise to add fees for commercial users of water. CBC_9/28/06

Osaka to sell 'tasty' tap water

The Osaka municipal government's Water Bureau plans to sell bottles of highly purified tap water from Yodogawa river in an attempt to dispel a long-held belief among residents that the city's water does not taste good.  Even though the tap water is now purified at facilities with cutting-edge technology, there are still many locals who say the water smells and is not drinkable.  The municipal government plans to hold a competition to choose a name and design for the bottles that will present a positive image of the city while keeping an eye on sales of bottled tap water in other cities.  The city will prepare about 35,000 bottles containing either 500 or 350 milliliters of water. They will be sold for about 100 yen at shops in municipal government facilities and other places.  The negative image of the city's tap water spread widely in the 1970s when the eutrophied phenomena of Lake Biwa caused an outbreak of phytoplankton and the river was polluted with factory effluent, causing the water quality to deteriorate.  Daily Yomiuri Online_9/27/06

Water bottlers still draining Ontario for free
Premier Dalton McGuinty has failed to end the "reckless give-away" of Ontario's fresh water to profiteers, critics say.  According to Ontario's Ministry of the Environment, those who sell bottled water can take and sell 18 million litres of water per day for free.  Agricultural, industrial and commercial water users may drain 1.3 trillion litres of water per day for free, provided they pay for permits that cost $750 or $3,000, depending on the type.  Meanwhile, it has been almost three years since the Liberals promised to introduce fees for the commercial and industrial water users during the 2003 provincial election.  Ontario Environment Minister Laurel Broten said Tuesday that the government is working on the fees — which many say are needed to fund safe drinking-water supplies — but she would not say when they might be introduced.  NDP environment critic Peter Tabuns has criticized the government for not including the fees in the Clean Water Act introduced in December to protect surface and ground water sources. Public hearings about the act took place in August.  CBC_9/27/06

Canada's religious war on bottled water

Bottled water has never gone down smoothly with many environmentalists, who view it as an extravagantly wasteful way of quenching a thirst, but the product is facing criticism from an unexpected source — religious groups. Some churches in Canada have started to urge congregants to boycott bottled water, citing ethical, theological and social justice reasons. Bottled water, they argue, is morally tainted and should be avoided. “Water is seen increasingly as a saleable commodity, [being used] to make a profit,” said David Hallman, a United Church official, “as opposed to our perspective of it being an element of life and good for all creation.” Rural residents living near wells or springs used by bottlers almost invariably object to the companies arriving in their area, and high-profile fights with bottlers over groundwater depletion have been common in Ontario and in the United States. Congregants who object to bottled water say they sympathize with such worries. Elizabeth Griswold, executive director of the Canadian Bottled Water Association, based in Richmond Hill, Ont., said church efforts have not affected sales. She rejects views that bottled water is morally questionable and said that buying it should be an individual — not a religious — decision. Globe and Mail_ 9/23/06

42 BELOW turns water into gold

New Zealand's 420 Volcanic Spring Water has struck gold on the world stage this week, winning two top awards at the prestigious bottledwaterworld design awards in Italy.  420 Water came up trumps against a record 135 entries from 30 countries, taking home the award for Best PET Bottle and Best Press Marketing Campaign.  Now in its fifth year, the bottledwaterworld design awards is the only global contest judging innovative design and marketing efforts made by bottled water producers. The gala awards ceremony took place at the San Pellegrino Casino in Italy as part of the Zenith International Global Bottled Water Congress in Bergamo, north east of Milan.  Scoop_9/21/06

Danone signs Danish bottled water deal

Danone has signed a deal to buy 49 per cent of Danish bottled water company Aqua d’or, in an attempt to improve the group’s position in an increasingly competitive bottled water market. Danone, which has not disclosed a fee for the deal, said it was attracted by Aqua d'or's 30 per cent sales growth in 2005. The company is number one in bottled water in Denmark and number two in Sweden. The move sees Danone branching out in Western Europe after struggling with bottled water sales in France. ap-food technology.com_ 9/19/06

Eastern European demand for bottled water to soar over next five years

Warmer summers and higher standards of living are expected to push a surge in demand for bottled water in Eastern Europe, says a new report. Consumption rose nine per cent to 10billion litres in 2005, a figure predicted to rise consistently over the next five years, according to beverage market research group Zenith International. While the average annual consumption in Eastern Europe of 33 litres per person still falls short of the 108 litres boasted in Western Europe, the report estimates the gap is set to narrow over the coming years. It adds that Eastern European consumption in 2006 could exceed the 11billion-litre mark. Beverage Daily_ 9/15/06

Fluoride in bottled water in the cards for Australia

Bottled water could contain fluoride within two years as beverage companies fight back against claims that the shift away from tap water is increasing rates of tooth decay in children. The peak body for the fast-growing $600 million industry has applied to Food Standards Australia New Zealand to put fluoride in bottled water for the first time. If successful, manufacturers such as Mount Franklin, which is owned by Coca-Cola Amatil, could offer consumers the choice of fluoridated water in clearly marked bottles. The Australasian Bottled Water Institute decision highlighted a turnaround in industry attitudes amid growing consumer demand for fluoride. The body, representing about 90 per cent of water manufacturers, claimed only nine months ago that there was no demand. The Australian_ 9/12/06

Drinking water, dehydration, bathroom use big air travel issues

Dehydration can be a real concern for air travelers, especially those with health problems. An airplane cabin at cruising altitude can be drier than the Sahara Desert, with relative humidity between 10 and 20 percent. So what are airlines doing to ensure that fliers have enough to drink during their flights? Not much. In fact, most airlines dismiss the question, pointing out that they always planned and stocked refreshments as if customers were not bringing on their own. Although none would provide the precise number of drinks they take aboard, airlines say they take into consideration the number of passengers and the length of the flight. Although the Air Transport Association, a trade group representing the major U.S. airlines, insists it is safe for passengers to drink and brush their teeth with aircraft water, using it is still controversial. Even though the EPA has stopped short of advising all passengers not to drink aircraft water, it also tells passengers with suppressed immune systems to stick to bottled or canned drinks and also warns that airline tea or coffee is often made with tap water insufficiently heated to ensure safety. Meanwhile, one more issue is facing passengers under the new security rules. Because passengers are required to toss or finish their drinks before boarding, many have been chugging 16-ounce bottles of water or venti lattes just before they get on the plane. On a turbulent flight from Washington to Orlando, that meant extra long lines for the onboard restrooms. New York Times/Inside Bay Area.com 9/3/06

August, 2006

Kinney drug store chain recalls bottled water because of elevated levels of bromate

Kinney Drug officials said the water was removed from the drug store chain's shelves on Aug. 23 and destroyed, and extra warehouse stock was returned to the manufacturer, Mayer Bros. of West Seneca, N.Y. The water was recalled due to bromate levels that exceed the standard imposed three years ago by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. However, based on information from the FDA and the New York State Department of Health, Kinney officials said the level of bromate discovered in the affected bottled water did not pose a health risk in humans. Kinney operates 80 stores in New York and Vermont. It's the second recall in the last month of bottled water produced by Mayer Bros., a 154-year-old bottled water and cider company based in suburban Buffalo. Garrett Mayer, vice president of the family-owned company, said the problems had been fixed. Bromate is formed during the disinfection process before bottling. AP/Boston Globe_ 8/31/06

Sellers face lawsuits if they fail to recall bottled water with high levels of cancer-causing bromate

Lawyers in the US have warned they will sue any US retailer that has failed to recall bottled water found to contain cancer-causing bromate above the legal limit, BeverageDaily.com has learnt. Several retailers could be targeted, following independent lab tests for bromate in private label bottled water brands they sell. The warning follows recalls on some waters in New York, including one from the Wegmans retailer and also the Food Club brand, because they contained bromate above the legal limit in the US. Ross Getman, a lawyer and the man behind the independent lab tests for bromate in water, said tests were also done on a range of brands and that several retailers had been informed of a potential problem. The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) refuted suggestions that its members' products were unsafe this week. Beverage Daily.com_ 8/31/06

Bottled water is safe under FDA's comprehensive regulatory system - International Bottled Water Association (IBWA)

In response to grocer Wegmans Food Markets Inc. recall of its own brand of bottled water in five states, because of high bromate levels and criticisms of the federal Food and Drug Administration by a consumer group, the IBWA said bottled water is comprehensively regulated as a packaged food product by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and state regulatory agencies. "The current system of bottled water regulation provides consumers with outstanding bottled water safety, quality and public health protection," said a IBWA press release. The recent recall of a few bottled water brands in New York State due to elevated bromate levels demonstrates the protective nature of FDA bottled water regulation, the statement added. In this case, product that was not in compliance with FDA's 10 part-per-billion standard for bromate was removed from the marketplace and, through a variety of communication channels, consumers were notified of specific actions that they could take to return recalled products. Press Release/WaterWebster_ 8/29/06

Suspicious smell, bottled water get plane diverted to Charlotte, North Carolina

Authorities found nothing hazardous on board a flight from Atlanta to New York that was diverted to Charlotte after a flight attendant found a bottle of water and then smelled something suspicious, airport officials said. AirTran Flight 372 landed safely at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport just after 8 p.m. Tuesday, said Haley Gentry, a Charlotte/Douglas International Airport spokeswoman. Flight attendants smelled a strong odor after one of them discarded a bottle of water found behind a seat, said Gentry. AP/Boston Herald_ 8/23/06

Birch Hill Equity Partners acquires Danone Waters of Canada, nation's leading large format bottled water company

Birch Hill bought the business from Groupe Danone. Danone Waters of Canada was sold under the Canadian Springs and Labrador Source banners. The Company will now be called Aquaterra Corporation Ltd. and it will retain the Canadian Springs and Labrador Source brands. Aquaterra provides direct delivery of 18.5 L returnable and small format bottled water to over 177,000 customers in Canada through retail, office and home delivery channels. The Company also provides additional services such as water cooler rental, sales and cleaning, and services such as point of use water filtration systems. Birch Hill is partnering with Richard Stephens who will be the CEO of Aquaterra. Press Release/CNW/Yahoo_ 8/22/06

Provo, Utah bottling water to improve image

City officials believe the quality of mountain spring water here is so good that they're bottling it to help market the city. The city started bottling spring water from the South Fork area up Provo Canyon about two weeks ago. It's appeared at city council meetings, city functions and a golf tournament sponsored by the Central Utah Water Conservancy District. It can also be found in several city offices. But the water is not for sale, said Public Works Director Merrill Bingham. Other cities told him that bottling water for profit isn't worth it, but doing so for an image tool works wonders. AP/ABC4_ 8/21/06

Why does bottled water have an expiration date? Blame it on New Jersey.

The water itself doesn't go bad, and even the quality doesn't diminish with age, according to Stephen Kay, vice president of communications for the International Bottled Water Association. In the 1980s, the New Jersey legislature passed a law requiring all food products to carry an expiration date, Kay said. To streamline things, some bottled water manufacturers printed the date on all products distributed to New Jersey and other states. Chicago Tribune_ 8/21/06

Midwest Airlines flight delayed in Milwaukee, Wisconsin over bottle of water

A Midwest Airlines plane bound for Kansas City returned from the runway to the gate because of a bottle of water. A flight attendant noticed a man with a bottle of water on Wednesday afternoon. He said he needed the water to take medicine, but the crew turned the plane around because of security rules. The crew later learned the Transportation Security Administration had allowed the man to bring the water on the plane, Midwest spokeswoman Carol Skonicka said. AP/USA Today_ 8/17/06

Taiwan firms to sell deep-sea water as drinking water

Several Taiwan companies, eyeing the health benefits of deep-ocean water, plan to sell deep-sea water as drinking water, the Water Resources Agency (WRA) said on Wednesday. Deep-sea water refers to water 200 metres under the sea surface. Taiwan commands a unique geographical location for utilizing deep-sea water because just 50 kilometres off Taiwan's east coast the seabed drops to a depth of 4 kilometres. At least three companies have laid pipes to retrieve deep-sea water to sell it as bottled water after desalination. One firm, the Pacific Marine Biotech Corp, has laid two pipes which can retrieve 2,000 tons and 13,00 tons of water from a depth of 710 metres off Taiwan's east coast. DPA/Bangkok Post_ 8/16/06

Canada's United Church considers boycott of bottled water

The United Church of Canada may ask its members to stop buying bottled water. The request is part of a resolution against the privatization of water supplies that has been put before delegates at the church's general council this week in Thunder Bay. Richard Chambers, the social policy co-ordinator with the national office of the church, said that water is a human right, and no one should profit from it. CBC_ 8/16/06

Technology can screen water bottles for explosives

By WaterWebster Staff©

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Technology currently in use in Philadelphia can detect explosive chemicals in water bottles, the manufacturer said Saturday. “We have a portable system,” Roger Spillmann, president and chief executive of HiEnergy Technologies Inc. said. “We are able to detect explosives in bottles.” The HiEnergy technology, in a yellow suitcase-like container, has been used for six months by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Agency (SPTA) to screen suspicious packages. Spillmann said in a telephone interview with WaterWebster.com that the technology could be expanded to scan water bottles and other fluid containers for combustible material at airports. All fluids, including bottled water, were banned from airlines in the U.S. and Great Britain this week when security forces uncovered a suspected plot to blow up airliners using liquid explosives. All fluids, including bottled water, were banned from airlines in the U.S. and Great Britain this week when security forces uncovered a suspected plot to blow up airliners using liquid explosives.

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Grocery chain recalls bottled water in 5 eastern U.S. states

Upscale grocer Wegmans Food Markets Inc. has recalled its own brand of bottled water in five states, saying it showed high levels of bromate. The recall is for Wegmans Food You Feel Good About Spring Water with a use-by date of Aug. 8, 2008. The recall affects 71 stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland and Virginia. Years of drinking water with high bromate levels could lead to a higher risk of cancer, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Bromate is created during the disinfection process. AP/Seattle Post-Intelligencer_ 8/12/06

Delray Beach, Florida, studies bottling its tap water to promote the city

It may not come from France, Fiji or the springs of Wisconsin, but Delray Beach tap water is just as tasty as other sources of bottled water, says one Delray Beach official who wants it bottled and handed out at city events. Richard Hasko, director of Environmental Services, is asking city commissioners to make room in the 2006-07 budget for the bottling of city water which, under one company's proposal costs $16,000 for 38,000, 16.9-ounce bottles, Hasko said. For that price, the company would collect the city's water into a tanker truck, haul it back to its plant for a filtering process to remove chlorine and bleach, and then bottle and wrap it up for distribution. South Florida Sun-Sentinel_ 8/6/06

Nestlé signs bottled water merger in Turkey

Nestlé Waters said it would merge in Turkey with the country’s number one bottled water group, Erikli, to take better advantage of Turks’ growing thirst for mineral water.  Nestlé Waters will hold a 60 per cent stake of the merged company, although Erikli president Hasan Aslanoba will become its chief executive.  The deal, if approved by competition authorities, hands Nestlé Turkey's leading premium bottled water brand at a time when the market is consistently reporting double-digit volume growth.  Beverage Daily_8/3/06

July, 2006

Coca-Cola buys Australia's Palm Springs water

Coca-Cola Amatil is set to tighten its grip on the Australian bottled water and cooler market, after agreeing to buy the assets of financially stricken spring water supplier Palm Springs for $7.4 million. Two years after Palm Springs rejected a bid from Amatil, believed to be around $35 million, Australia's second largest bottled water distributor has been left with no choice this time around but to accept a far lower offer. Sydney Morning Herald_ 7/31/06

Bangladesh's Dhaka Water Supply and Sewage Authority launches its own bottled water, named 'Shanti'

Addressing the inauguration ceremony, the LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan said the bottled water plant as well as the project is a challenge to make a government-owned industry successful by producing and marketing the bottled water under a good management. The entire cost for installation of the plant has been provided by the Dhaka Wasa from its own fund. This plant has the capacity of producing 10,000 litres of purified water every hour through the reverse osmosis process. Though the prices of the bottled water are yet to be fixed, it would be lower than those of the bottled water produced by other local manufacturers, Hedayetullah Al-Mamun said. The supply of pure drinking water to the market at a very minimal price would force other companies to reduce the rates of their same kind of products, officials said. The New Nation_ 7/30/06

In Tumwater, Washington, it's the water ... and a lot more

Questions over exactly how much water is available to the former Miller brewery could sink its stalled conversion into a water bottling plant and rekindle a legal fight involving the county’s three largest cities. Officials of Lacey, Olympia and Tumwater have told the lender, who is trying to resurrect the bottling project, that they can’t guarantee him a minimum amount of water for bottling. The root of the dispute? No one yet knows how much artesian water is available at the old brewery because no one knows how many of its water rights are valid. The Olympian_ 7/29/06

Publix Super Markets Inc. recalls gallon-sized bottled water in parts of Florida

Publix Super Markets Inc. has issued a voluntary recall of one-gallon Publix brand purified drinking water, with the manufacturing plant code PLT 12595 and the following code dates: 1 gallon: PRD May 01, 2006 -- PDR June 03, 2006 (the code can be found on the back of the container). Publix officials said the water may not meet company standards for taste and odor. The product was distributed in Publix stores in Broward, Miami-Dade, Indian River, Martin, Monroe, Okeechobee, St. Lucie and Palm Beach counties. Lakeland Ledger_ 7/29/06

Fiji Water pulls national ad campaign that offended Cleveland

Don't mess with Cleveland. A popular bottled water company that used the city as the butt of a joke in a national advertising campaign got so many complaints that it has canceled the campaign. The full-page magazine ad for Fiji Water said, "The label says Fiji because it's not bottled in Cleveland." The ad was to have run through 2006. Company President John Edward Cochran, who is originally from suburban Cleveland, said he thought the idea would make people laugh. Apparently not. AP/Akron Beacon-Journal_ 7/28/06

Nestle's water unit springs a leak as activists block new wells

Nestle SA signed an agreement in October 2003 to bottle water from the slopes of Mount Shasta, a 14,162-foot peak in northern California. Almost three years later, the company hasn't drawn a single drop. The world's biggest water bottler has been stymied by a handful of residents in nearby McCloud, a town of 1,343 people. A group called Concerned McCloud Citizens has blocked the deal until a state-mandated study of the project's effect on underground water basins is completed. Nestle says there were no plans to extract water until an environmental report was filed. Nestle's bottled-water unit faces similar opposition in Michigan, Florida and Maine as it expands to meet demand for healthier alternatives to sugary sodas. The battles challenge Vevey, Switzerland-based Nestle's dominance over PepsiCo Inc. and Coca-Cola Co. in the $20 billion U.S. water market, according to beverage consultant Zenith International. Bloomberg_ 7/26/06

You knew it was just a matter of time ... Designer ice cubes are on the way

A handful of upstart businesses are hoping to persuade consumers, restaurants, airlines, hotels, hospitals and the military that they could be risking their health (and compromising good taste) by not buying prepackaged, upscale ice. The concept differs from the plastic bags of premade ice that can be purchased at most supermarkets and convenience stores. These new products are sealed cube trays filled with unfrozen spring or filtered water and marketed as better-tasting than tap water and safer than ice handled by humans. Icerocks, marketed as "secured spring water ice cubes," are set to hit the U.S. market in October. Four trays with slots for 12 cubes each will cost about $3.99. AquaICE sealed ice-cube trays -- containing purified municipal tap water in plain, lemon and lime flavors -- are already sold in a handful of Ohio stores. The product, made by aquaICE LLC of Dublin, Ohio, costs about $5 for 50 cubes. It remains to be seen whether enough consumers will find it palatable to fork over 10 cents for an ice cube when it costs nothing to freeze a similarly functioning product from tap water. Wall Street Journal/Charlotte Observer_ 7/26/06

U.S. company awaits Canadian OK to roll out nicotine-based water

Banned in the US
Canadian smokers may soon have an alternative to lighting up a cigarette to soothe their need for nicotine, if a U.S. manufacturer, Nico Worldwide Inc. based in California, gets its way.  Nic Lite is a lemon-flavoured, water-based nicotine drink that contains four milligrams of organic nicotine -- equivalent to the amount of the drug found in two cigarettes.  The product is being touted as a way to cope with smoking bans, which proves timely for Ontario and Quebec where enclosed workplaces and public places went smoke-free on May 31.  The company is hoping to have clearances from Health Canada soon to bring the product to Canada.  If it is approved for sale, it would be labelled as a natural health product.  The US Food and Drug Administration told Nico in June that its product doesn't meet the definition of a dietary supplement.  Hamilton Spectator_7/24/06

The bottle-versus-the-tap debate

Consumers who spent $10 billion last year on bottled water think it's a better bet. But is it? "There is no health advantage being gained by these drinks, although the flavor can increase your intake," says Scott Montain, a physiologist at the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine in Natick, Mass. Nor has bottled water been proved to be safer than tap water, although federal law requires it to be at least as safe. But a four-year study by the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental advocacy group, found major regulatory gaps. By the group's calculation, 60% to 70% of the bottled water sold in the United States — including carbonated water, seltzer, club soda, tonic water as well as flavored and fortified waters — is exempt from FDA bottled water standards. Independent tests show that some bottled waters don't contain what they claim. ConsumerLab.com analyzed four brands of vitamin water and found that only one — Propel Fitness Water — provided the amount of vitamins listed on its label. Los Angeles Times_ 7/17/06 (logon required)

Nicotine bottled water may be headed to Canada

While the California-based seller says it is safe and non-addictive, one neurobiologist disagrees, saying the product comes with addiction risks. NIC Lite water contains about two cigarettes worth of nicotine and is being sold as a dietary supplement in the U.S. even though the Food and Drug Administration recently said it's an unapproved drug and its claim to be a supplement violates the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. Jess Baker, vice-president of sales for Nichonica, which markets and sells NIC Lite, says the company is in the "later stages of clearance" to be able to sell nicotine water in Canada. The water, touted by the company as the world's only nicotine replacement drink with "a hint of lemon," is intended to give smokers their fix in airports, restaurants and other public buildings where smoking is banned. CanWest News Service/Canada.com_ 7/13/06

Philippine Congress to ban bottled water during president's State of the Nation address

For fear that terrorists might use a liquid bomb, bottled water will no longer be allowed when President Arroyo delivers her State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 24, an official of the House of Representatives disclosed yesterday. "We will not allow the entry of bottled water in the plenary hall during the SONA. Based on research and the advent of technology, there is a possibility that terrorists might use liquid bomb," House Deputy Secretary General Artemio Adasa warned. STAR/newsflash.org_ 7/11/06

Marketing fortified bottled water to mothers-to-be

Gretchen Cook-Anderson couldn't forget the bottles and bottles of water her doctor ordered her to drink during a difficult pregnancy with her twin boys in 2001. That eventually led the former public relations agent to her new role as president and chief executive of Saphia Lifestyle Beverages of Silver Spring, Maryland. Its first product, offered online, is bottled water billed as specially formulated for "nursing moms, expectant moms and hopeful moms-to-be."

The water is lightly flavored and fortified with supplements such as folic acid and calcium. The water itself is from the Chicago public water system. Washington Post_ 7/10/06 (logon required)

Get ready for bottled sea water

Hawaiian bottler Koyo USA is producing a million bottles a day of deep sea water. Koyo harvests the water from 3 thousand feet below the surface of the ocean and purifies it to remove the salt. Koyo USA opened its third plant in Kailua Kona this month. This year it expects to export 36 million dollars worth of sea water to Japan and the continental US. KHNL-TV_ 7/10/06

Which country is the bottled water king?

Which of the following countries consumes the most bottled water on a per person basis? A. United States B. United Arab Emirates C. Mexico D. Italy The Globalist/Boston Herald_ 7/9/06

Granville, Ohio water bottler says his water is Mother Nature's Finest

Claude Hicks discovered an artesian well on his 43-acre property in Granville in 1972, but waited to market it until the federal government declared bottled water a food source. Hicks’ company, Welsh Hills Water Co., doesn’t filter or add anything to the water because it doesn’t need to, he says. Columbus Dispatch_ 7/8/06

June, 2006

Shanghai bottled and barreled drinking water faces sanitary problems

Shanghai now has 158 water treatment plants, which have licenses to produce bottled and barreled drinking water. According to a report issued yesterday by the Standing Committee of the People's Congress of the city, most of the bottled water tested was above standard. However, about 10 percent of the barreled drinking water tested didn't pass the inspection because of sanitary problems, such as microorganism pollution. The report also said that some of the drinking water produced by water vending machines, which were installed in residential areas, converting tap water to drinking water, had sanitary problems. The city now has more than 3,000 water vending machines, which are operated by 23 companies. There are no specific rules or government departments administrating these types of water sources. Shanghai Daily_ 6/23/06

Westborough, Massachusetts-based Kids Only launches bottled water aimed at, who else? Kids.

Kids Only, LLC, introduces Kids Only(TM) Bottled Water in collectible bottles adorned with popular characters like Scooby-Doo, Bratz, Superman, Batman and Spiderman. Kids Only Bottled Water will be available in August 2006 in 8 oz. and 16 oz. bottles. A 6-pack of 8 oz. bottles for $3.79, a 4-pack of 16 oz. bottles will retail for $2.99 each and a 6-pack of 16 oz. bottles for $3.99. Press Release_ 6/19/06

Disney launches bottled water for kids

Walt Disney Company has joined forces with Cott Corporation to launch a range bottled water and fruit drinks for children in association with its leading films. Products being launched include Finding Nemo purified drinking water and The Incredibles fortified flavored water with five added vitamins. All the products are packaged in kid-portion eight-ounce servings. The product launches follow the end of a 10-year promotional tie-up with McDonalds Corporation. It is thought that the entertainments company ended its lucrative Happy Meal contract with McDonald's in an effort to distance itself from so-called 'junk food' and escalating rates of childhood obesity. Drinks Business Review_ 6/13/06

Oom. Aquamantra: the bottled water that says 'You are what you think.'

At a time when many beverage companies are trying new ingredients to lure consumers to their products, Aquamantra Creator, Alexandra Teklak, is combining water and the power of positive thoughts. Instead of flavors, Aquamantra offers three water “mantras” to identify their current line: “I Am Healthy”; “I Am Loved”; “I Am Lucky." It's from California, of course. BevNet_ 6/7/06

May, 2006

North Carolina's year-old Primo Water Corp. gets national contract with Lowe's Cos. Inc.

Primo Water Corp. has landed its first national retail contract just a year into business with an agreement to put its bottled water into more than 1,200 Lowe's home-improvement stores. The Winston-Salem company already distributes water in 48 states, said Billy Prim, the president and chief executive of Primo. Primo Water is available in bottles of three and five gallons, which are used with home and office water coolers. Consumers exchange their empty Primo Water bottles for full ones at Primo Water displays at retail stores. Primo Water reuses or recycles the empty bottles it collects. Analysts said that Primo is growing in an expanding U.S. market for bottled water. The Beverage Marketing Corp. said in an April report that total bottled-water volume rose 11 percent in 2005 to more than 7.5 billion gallons. Per-capita consumption of bottled water is 26.1 gallons compared with 23.8 gallons in 2004, according to the report. Winston-Salem Journal_ 5/27/06

New Hampshire Supreme Court allows water bottler to draw from groundwater

The state Supreme Court Friday issued a blow to activists who have spent years fighting a proposed water bottling plant in Nottingham. The court upheld a groundwater withdrawal permit allowing USA Springs to draw 112 million gallons of water a year from a 100-acre site in Nottingham and Barrington. Save Our Groundwater, along with the towns of Nottingham and Barrington, brought the case after the state Department of Environmental Services refused to rehear USA Springs’ permit application. The appeal challenging USA Springs argued that DES did not take into account the public interest when issuing the groundwater permit. It said withdrawing groundwater will lower the water table "over a broad area (and) thus impact both natural resources and the operation of private wells," according to the Supreme Court decision. But the court said laws in force at the time DES made its decision allowed the groundwater withdrawal. The court said it's up to the Legislature to change the laws if it disagrees with the court's decision.  Portsmouth Herald_ 5/20/06

New technology that turns bottled water into wine--or tea

Donald Spector, Chairman of Innovation Fund LLC, announced today that it has patented and developed technologies that will allow consumers to screw one of its Flavor Tops caps onto any bottle of water and turn it into a vast variety of beverages. A consumer can take their favorite brand of plain bottled water, like Poland Spring (from Nestlé), and with a Flavor Tops cap turn it into a power drink, a soft drink, tea, or even an alcoholic beverage. These technologies can be used with concentrated powders, like Crystal Light, a brand of Kraft, liquids, or contain multiple product combinations. The caps can also be used for maintaining freshness of vitamins, additives or medications. Press Release/eMediaWire_ 5/11/06

Soda distributors to end most U.S. school sales; bottled water, fruit juice to remain
The nation's largest beverage distributors have agreed to halt nearly all sales of sodas to public schools - a step that will remove the sugary, caloric drinks from vending machines and cafeterias around the country. The agreement was announced Wednesday by the William J. Clinton Foundation and will also likely apply to many private and parochial schools. Under the agreement, the companies also have agreed to sell only water, unsweetened juice and low-fat milks to elementary and middle schools. Diet sodas would be sold only to high schools. Industry giants Cadbury Schweppes PLC, Coca-Cola Co. and PepsiCo Inc. and the ABA have signed on. Officials said they hope companies representing the other 13 percent of the market would follow suit. The move follows a mounting wave of regulation by school boards and legislators alarmed by reports of rising childhood obesity. John Sicher, editor and publisher of Beverage Digest, which compiles extensive data on the beverage industry, said the agreement would have no impact on the $63 billion beverage industry's bottom line. AP/St. Louis Post-Dispatch_ 5/3/06

April, 2006

Bottled water companies offer flouride too

Nestle, maker of Deer Park water, recently started selling "Spring Water with Added Fluoride." Nestle is not the only beverage company to think this is a worthwhile market. Atlanta-based Coca-Cola sells a fluoridated version of its Dannon water called "Fluoride to Go." The Dannon product hit the marketplace about five years ago and has enjoyed healthy growth, a Coke spokesman said. DS Waters of America, a company in Atlanta, markets a lesser-known fluoride-enhanced brand called Nursery Water that is available at Publix and other outlets. While Nursery Water has been around for decades, it has experienced double-digit growth each of the last three years, said Shayron Barnes-Selby, director of public policy and communications at DS Waters. In general, the water-with-fluoride concept is not new, but it is experiencing significant growth, said Stephen Kay, a spokesman for the International Bottled Water Association. Kay said about 20 of the association's 300 member companies offer a fluoridated bottled water. Fluoride was first added to municipal water systems in the 1940s, and today most Americans have access to tap water with fluoride. The widespread benefit of the additive, though, may have started to taper off in recent years, as an increasing number of families began to choose bottled water. In 2001, the average American drank 18.7 gallons of bottled water per year, according to Beverage Marketing Corp. By 2005, the average American was drinking 26.1 gallons. Cox News Service/Bradenton Herald_ 4/30/06

Tiny Lipsey Mountain Spring Water wins Corps of Engineers contract renewal as U.S. sole supplier of bottled water in national emergencies

Defying its critics, a tiny company based in Norcross, Ga., has won a renewal of its contract as the nation's sole supplier of bottled water for major disasters. Lipsey Mountain Spring Water, a family-owned company with fewer than 30 employees, continues to be the subject of a federal audit amid doubts about whether it is up to the task, especially after last year's historic hurricanes. Joe "Buddy" Lipsey Jr., its co-founder, confirmed in a phone interview last week that auditors from the Defense Department's inspector general office recently spent "four or five days" examining records in the company's offices. Although that audit is still in progress, Tim Dugan, a spokesman for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said his division has chosen to renew Lipsey's contract for another year based on its performance in delivering water last year. The Army Corps oversees the water contract on behalf of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Cox News Services/Oxford, Ohio, Press_ 4/23/06

Three Washington cities reach $12.3 million bottled water deal

Olympia, Lacey and Tumwater, Washington have reached a tentative agreement with the owner of the former Olympia brewery to pay as much as $12.3 million for all the property’s water rights. The agreement includes supplying as much as half the water to the brewery’s new owner, All American Bottled Water Corp., for use in a future water bottling business. The cities can pay an additional fee to use any water All American doesn’t use. And if the company doesn’t use the water in three years, the cities get all of it. The Olympian_ 4/23/06

Michigan House Democrats move to block bottled export of Great Lakes Basin water

The proposed a constitutional amendment would to prohibit companies from siphoning water and shipping it out of state in bottles unless approved by the Legislature. The proposal would supercede new laws signed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm in February that regulate the withdrawal of water from the state. Under those laws, bottled water is defined as a product, not a diversion, and can be shipped outside of the Great Lakes basin as long as bottlers show they won’t dry up streams, ponds and wells. Democrats said those rules don’t go far enough to protect large-scale withdrawals of water outside of the state. The Democrats’ proposals would change the state’s definition of water diversion to include bottled water shipped outside of Michigan. The plan would not affect the controversial Ice Mountain Spring Water bottling plant in Mecosta County, although it would prohibit expansion of the operation without the Legislature’s approval. Detroit Free Press_ 4/17/06

Americans thirst for bottled water

Sales of bottled water rose 9% in 2005, continuing a steady trend. Since 2003, the only beverages with higher sales have been carbonated soft drinks, the Beverage Marketing Corp. says. But is this relationship healthy? If increased sales of bottled water mean we're drinking more water — especially in place of sugary sodas and other high-calorie, low-nutrient drinks — that's a fine thing. But people could just be replacing tap with bottled water, a possible trend that rankles environmentalists (because bottles become trash) and people who are concerned about commercialization of a basic resource. Many bottled waters are simply filtered tap water, and none has any special, proven health benefits. A 2005 survey from American Rivers, a clean-water advocacy group, found 59% of respondents nationwide drank both tap and bottled water, 16% drank only bottled and 25% drank only tap. But "we don't have anything to indicate whether tap water consumption is going up or down," says Jack Hoffbuhr, executive director of the American Water Works Association. USA Today_ 4/16/06

Everybody in the Water!
It's hard to imagine life without bottled water, though at one point the concept seemed outrageous. People have been bottling water for centuries, but toting around glass containers of liquid was never ideal. Thanks to the advent of fully recyclable plastic bottles in the 1980s, people can now bring water just about anywhere they want—the gym, the car and the office.  In 2004, U.S. sales of bottled water were at $9.2 billion, according to Beverage Marketing Corporation, a research and consulting firm in New York City. Bottled water is the fastest-growing major beverage category in the U.S., and it isn't just portability that puts it in high demand.  Forbes_4/13/06

Bottled water battle in Mexico: Ads emphasize health

Marketers from some of the biggest beverage companies are battling to persuade millions of Mexicans to choose bottled water, industry analysts say. Mexico is the world's largest consumer of Coca-Cola per capita, and the influx of sugar and other junk foods into the traditional diet is starting to take a toll with soaring rates of obesity and diabetes nationwide. Also aiding the surge in water in bottles in a wide range of sizes is the country's notoriously poor public water supply. Mexicans' thirst for bottled water, and the purchasing power of those willing to pay more for certain upscale brands, equate to big money for some the largest beverage companies, including Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Nestlé and France's Grupo Danone, which markets Bonafont. PepsiCo owns Mexico's Electropura brand, which is the leader in the 20-liter category, the size normally found in Mexican homes. The business of selling these big jugs represents 70 percent of bottled-water sales but offers lower profit margins than that of the smaller bottles seen in gyms and on the streets. Houston Chronicle_ 4/7/06

March, 2006

N.Y. bottled water company's products recalled
Vermont officials are questioning why neither the company nor New York state officials notified them about a recall of bottled water possibly contaminated with dirt and coliform bacteria.  Vermont's 13 Price Chopper supermarkets and a distributor in East Barre were the only locations in the state where suspect water was delivered, said Roger Jakubowski, owner of North Country Spring Water Ltd. of Port Kent, N.Y. North Country's water is carried under several different brand names. The affected products bear the label "NYSHD Cert. #078." The Water Supply Division of the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation has suspended North Country's permit to distribute water in the state until problems with the water are remedied.  Boston.com_3/30/06

Maine jury awards bottled water companies $10.8 million

A jury ordered a law firm to pay at least $10.8 million for dropping three small bottlers from a dispute with giant Poland Spring Water Co. in order to bring a more lucrative class-action suit. The jury unanimously found Wednesday that lawyers from Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP, a Seattle law firm, violated their duty of loyalty to three small businesses that in 2003 were close to settling a claim with Nestle Waters North America, Poland Spring's owner. The jury awarded Maine companies Glenwood Farms Inc. and Carrabassett Spring Water $3.9 million each, and New York-based Tear of the Clouds $3 million. The three companies said Hagens Berman was assisting them in their case against Poland Spring, but defected at the last minute and filed class-action claims in five states, causing Nestle Waters to withdraw its settlement offer. Hagens Berman argued that it was the bottlers who were greedy and were willing to sell out consumers to grab a quick payday. AP/Seattle Post-Intelligencer_ 3/23/06

Nestle drops bottled water lawsuits against Michigan

The water bottler Monday withdrew lawsuits against the state of Michigan over regulations that limited the company's ability to sell its product outside the Great Lakes drainage basin. One of the lawsuits had asked the courts to throw out a 20-year-old federal law enabling the governor of any Great Lakes state to veto proposed diversions of the region's water. Nestle Waters North America Inc. filed state and federal suits last year after the Department of Environmental Quality issued a permit for Nestle to buy water from the city of Evart for bottling at its Ice Mountain Spring Water plant in Mecosta County. But the permit said the Evart water couldn't be sold outside the Great Lakes basin. At the same time, Gov. Jennifer Granholm imposed a moratorium on new or expanded water bottling operations until the Legislature approved long-awaited measures overseeing large water withdrawals in Michigan. Those laws were enacted last month. After signing them Feb. 28, Granholm rescinded her moratorium and the DEQ issued Nestle a revised permit without the sales restrictions. AP/Newsday_ 3/13/06

Nestlé to re-organise bottled water division

Nestlé Waters has confirmed it is examining how to re-organise its 75 bottled water brands into a more coherent unit, as rivals spring up from all sides.  The move, first reported in France's La Tribune newspaper this week, would likely see Nestlé Waters ditching some of its 75 brands in order to better focus marketing efforts.  A spokesperson for the group declined to comment on a timescale for the review. It was understood that big brands like Perrier were safe.  Nestlé Waters has just replaced arch-rival Danone as the world's biggest bottled water group by volume. It has an 18.3 per cent global market share by value, and grew sales by 8.6 per cent in 2005.  Beverage Daily_3/9/06

New water bottles hurt Ontario, Canada's recycling program

For years, the large polycarbonate bottles that sit on top of water coolers have been re-useable, but a new generation of recyclable bottles are creeping onto the market. As they become more popular, the single-use bottles will heap more responsibility and higher recycling bills onto local governments and taxpayers. Meanwhile, manufacturers can shed the cost of operating the re-use program and retailers don't need to provide return services. Already, the region has been forced to add a $250,000-per-year sorting line at its new recycling facility to remove the bottles. Otherwise, the bulky plastic packages would end up contaminating the cardboard portion of the recyclable material. "We are in the process of working with the various stakeholders," said Elizabeth Griswold, executive director of the Canadian Bottled Water Association. "We're just trying to work out all of the little details." The Brampton Guardian_ 3/8/06

New Zealand scientist joins board of company selling NZ water in US
A former Southland scientist, Coralie Munro, joined the scientific advisory board of an American company, Kiwaii Waters (US) Inc, which today mounted a big campaign to sell bottled New Zealand water in North America.  Kiwaii - which was previously promoted as Milford Sound Water (US) Inc on a website - has not said exactly where its water "bottled directly from New Zealand's pristine rainforest region" is sourced.  Previous efforts to export bottled water from Deep Cove at Doubtful Sound have put the potential value of such a trade as high as $3 billion.  But the plans to export fresh water from Deep Cove have been opposed because of the environmental or aesthetic risks involved.  A water export proposal under consideration in 1986 did not proceed, and a 1988 consent application to export water from Doubtful Sound, was declined.  The Fiordland marine conservation strategy said in 2003 that water exports would continue to be opposed.Kiwaii's chief executive, Derek Fullerton, said in a statement that the company would bottle sweet water without contaminants directly from pure springs.  It would "then introduce our patented process, which restructures the H2O clusters to a smaller, more stable state and gives Kiwaii a virtually unlimited shelf life". Mr Fullerton said that a proprietary process "energised" the water.He said Ms Munro was working with the company on the molecular structure of water.  Stuff.co_3/7/06

International Bottled Water Assn. (IBWA) announces "Everyone's a Winner" as theme for 2006 Convention

The IBWA 2006 Annual Convention and Trade Show will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino from October 3 - 6, 2006. IBWA provides an extensive seminar program to educate bottled water professionals about innovative technologies, processes, and industry trends to help them succeed and meet the challenges of today and the future. This state-of-the-art, bottled water-specific trade show will showcase the premier processing, packaging, equipment, and services for the global bottled water industry. Press Release_ 3/3/06

Maryland lawmaker seeks end to state's 5 percent bottled water tax
Del. Virginia Clagett, D-West River, told the House Ways and Means Committee about the finite supply of water in the state, groundwater contamination, people having to drink bad well water - even childhood obesity. In short, a tax break on water sold in one-gallon jugs or larger would make for a healthier state. Milk, coffee, coffee substitute, fruit juices and tea are considered "food" products, like eggs, meat and condiments, and are tax free. But carbonated drinks, liquor and bottled water are subject to the sales tax. Patrick Donoho, a lobbyist for the International Bottled Water Association, argued that the tax on water is "regressive," because it would hit people who need water after an emergency or disaster. No one testified against her bill, which had originally passed the House and Senate in 2000, but was vetoed by former governor Parris N. Glendening who cited the $3 million annual loss to the state. The Capital_ 3/3/06

February, 2006

Annual international drinking water contest awards Ohio towns best-tasting municipal water medals

Two Ohio towns captured gold and silver medals Saturday night at the Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, International Water Tasting competition for the world's best tasting drinking water. Montpelier won first place, followed by Kent. Sparwood of British Columbia, Canada, won the bronze, while West Virginia's La Sage Natural Wells finished fourth. More than 70 waters representing a dozen countries and 22 states competed for medals in the four categories of municipal, purified, bottled noncarbonated and sparkling water. Waters were judged on appearance, aroma, taste, feel in the mouth and aftertaste. The best non-carbonated bottled water was Great Glacier of Oxford, Wis., followed by Ontario Gold Beverage of Barrie, Ontario, Canada. Virginia's Best of Edinburg, Va. and Llanllyr Source, United Kingdom tied for third. In the purified drinking category, Claire Baie of Oak Creek, Wis., finished first, followed by StoneClear Springs Natural of Vanleer, Tenn.; Water Boyz of Santa Fe, N.M.; and Chill of Mechanicsville, Va. The best carbonated bottled water was Antipodes of Bay of Plenty, New Zealand. Dobra Voda Sparkling of Republic of Macedonia finished second, followed by Celvik Tesanj of Bosnia and Pian della Mussa of Balme, Italy. Waiwera Infinity Artesian Water of New Zealand won the best package design. AP/Hampton Roads, Virginia Daily Press_ 2/26/06

Connecticut lawmakers again try to stem rising tide of plastic water bottles

The ubiquitous plastic water bottle can be found in garbage bins, landfills, littering the sides of highways and _ again _ on the agenda of the Connecticut General Assembly.  Lawmakers took public comment Wednesday on two pieces of legislation that would add a deposit to the purchase of plastic water bottles, similar to the one that now encourages the recycling of soda and beer containers. One bill also would include pint-sized or smaller alcohol bottles and raise the deposit on drink containers from a nickel to 10 cents. Newsday_2/23/06

Bottled water could be lucrative for West Virginia University's Institute of Technology

Lawmakers want to place a five-cent tax on bottled water-- and give 2 cents per bottle to West Virginia University's Institute of Technology. Under the proposed plan, WVU Tech will receive 14 million dollars. AP/WTRF-7_ 2/19/06

The crude cost of bottled water

Bottled water consumption, which has more than doubled globally in the past six years, is heavily taxing the world's ecosystem, a US study says.  The US was the largest consumer of bottled water, with Americans drinking 26 billion litres in 2004.  Demand for bottled water soared in developing countries between 1999 and 2004, with consumption tripling in India and more than doubling in China in that time.  That has translated into huge costs in packaging, usually in plastic bottles made of polyethylene terephthalate derived from crude oil, and transport. "Making bottles to meet Americans' demand for bottled water requires more than 1.5 million barrels of oil annually, enough to fuel some 100,000 US cars for a year," the Earth Policy Institute study says.  Herald Sun_2/10/06

Column: Who owns Great Lakes water?

When the Michigan House takes up water use legislation in coming weeks, it faces a historic choice. Will lawmakers preserve hundreds of years of precedent and affirm that Michigan waters that feed the Great Lakes are a public resource, or will they set a dangerous new policy in which water, and ultimately pieces of the lakes themselves, can be privately owned? The private ownership and sale of water is as much a threat as a pipeline to the Sunbelt states or the shipment of water in tankers from the Great Lakes to other nations. In fact, the proposed sale of 156 million gallons of Lake Superior water to Asia in tankers caused the public outcry that led to the 2005 Great Lakes interstate compact limiting water withdrawals. But large-scale water bottlers are now withdrawing more than that amount from Michigan for sale today. Detroit Free Press_ 2/6/06

January, 2006
BIOTA's biodegradable water bottle goes national

Distributed by Telluride, Colorado-based BIOTA (Blame It On The Altitude) Brands of America, Inc., BIOTA Colorado Pure Spring Water boasts a clean liquid that originates from the highest natural alpine spring in the world. The most revolutionary aspect of the brand, though, is its bottle--a container made of corn instead of conventional plastics that utilize oil. "What that means is our bottle is biodegradable, as opposed to plastic bottles which never do. In fact, a BIOTA bottle will typically biodegrade in 80 days," said David Zutler, founder and chief executive officer of BIOTA. According to the Container Recycling Institute, bottled water consumption more than doubled in the past few years to result in approximately 40 million water bottles ending up in landfills every day. The material BIOTA discovered is NatureWorks PLA plastic, a commercially compostable alternative to plastics made from petroleum-based PET. In addition, the process of creating the plastic uses 30 to 50 percent less energy than with PET plastics. BIOTA initially distributed the bottle to stores around Colorado, subsequently expanding to California and other nearby states. Deciding upon a full nationwide push, BIOTA struck a deal with Publix to make the product available within the southeastern region of the United States, beginning with South Florida. Boca Ratan News_ 1/31/06

San Francisco pays big for bottled water

San Francisco, owner of a pristine reservoir in the Sierra Nevada with a reputation for producing some of the country's best-tasting tap water, has spent more than $2 million of taxpayers' money in the past 4 1/2 years on bottled water, public records show.  From the mayor's office in City Hall to the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park, city employees and politicians enjoy individual bottles and jugs from the water cooler even though in many cases a faucet is nearby.  Among the thirstiest departments and agencies in San Francisco during the city's last fiscal year: Public Health, which spent $139,926 on bottled water; the Municipal Railway, which spent $65,780; and San Francisco International Airport, which spent $65,670, according to the records.  Even the city's Public Utilities Commission -- which performed a blind taste test on the street during National Drinking Water Week last May to convince people that tap water from the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in Yosemite National Park is at least as good as the stuff at the store -- spent $8,622 on bottled water.  San Francisco Chronicle_ 1/26/06

Nestle reaches agreement on Ice Mountain water withdrawal
Nestle Waters North America today announced that the company and Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation (MCWC) have reached an agreement on the amount of water the bottler will withdraw from its Sanctuary Springs source. The agreement was reached following a decision by the Michigan Court of Appeals on November 29, 2005, and addresses issues sent back to the lower court for further consideration. Under terms of the agreement, Nestle will withdraw an average of 218 gallons of water per minute (313,000 gallons per day) from its four wells at the Sanctuary site at varying rates depending on the time of the year and environmental conditions at the site. The withdrawal rates will be in effect for a minimum of two years and may later be modified either by agreement of the parties involved or through further legal action.  PR Newswire_1/26/06

Bottled water may not be better for kids
Parents think that giving your kids bottled water is a healthier option than tap water. Officials at the American Dental Association say, "Think again." A majority of bottled water does not contain optimal levels of fluoride, a mineral that prevents tooth decay. Most water plants add fluoride to tap water, which is especially important to kids and their developing teeth.  The ADA recommends consumers check the water bottle label or call the manufacturer to see if the water contains fluoride. Home filtering systems can also dilute or remove fluoride from tap water. The FDA does not require fluoride information be posted on the water bottle label unless it was added to the water. The water should contain .7 - 1.2 ppm of fluoride. Several water bottle manufacturers are adding fluoride to their water and marketing the bottles specifically towards kids.  KSDK News_1/25/06

Toxin from plastic leaches into bottled water - Canada study

Bottled water in Canada -- advertised as especially clean and pure -- contains higher levels of a deadly toxin than groundwater and even tap water, a study released to The Free Press yesterday warns. The polyethylene terephthalate, or PET, bottles leach a deadly toxin called antimony into the water, the study concludes. The study was headed by Londoner William Shotyk, director of the Institute of Environmental Geochemistry at the University of Heidelberg in Germany. His full study is to be published in the Journal of Environmental Monitoring. But the Canadian Bottled Water Association disputed that conclusion, saying the levels of antimony found in the study are well below Health Canada accepted levels. Shotyk agreed the levels are much lower than accepted standards, but said his research shows the public, scientists and regulatory agencies should take a closer look at the safety of drinking water in PET bottles. Levels of antimony rise the longer the water stays in the bottle, he said. Antimony is a brittle, silver-white metallic element used as an alloy in manufacturing. In small doses it can cause headache, dizziness and depression. Larger doses cause violent and frequent vomiting and will lead to death in few days. London, Canada Free Press_ 1/20/06

New Japanese luxury water, Finé, to be launched in the U.S. by distributor Aquabar

Finé, a new Japanese luxury water imported by Aqua Distribution, Inc. has arrived on the shores of America in a beautiful, sleek-elegant designer frosted bottle. Aquabar Distribution, the exclusive U.S. distributor for Finé, is targeting fine establishments and the luxury market as potential buyers. From it’s beginnings as rain water, Finé slowly makes it’s way through hundreds of meters of volcanic rock that act as a natural purifying filter and also imbue it with a special blend of minerals that give it, it’s distinct taste before coming to rest in the remote underground aquifer 600m below the Fuji volcanic belt in Japan. The Finé water bottled today is over a thousand years old and has never been in contact with man made pollutants, according to Aquabar. Press Release/PRWeb_ 1/20/06

Dayals Artesian Waters Limited opens $10 million bottled water plant on Fiji

Dayals is an associate company of the M. R. Dayal Group of Ba. The new plant bottles artesian water in its natural state at Vuqele, Tavua. Chief operations director Jay Dayal said this was the second largest water bottling plant in Fiji at present and predicted the water will be a hit both locally and overseas. He said in its first month of production in November, the company exported its premium brand selling as Island Chill Natural Mineral Water to Australia and New Zealand. Fiji Times_ 1/18/06

Bottle water baths for ill UK babies
Babies on a neonatal intensive care unit in Sheffield are being bathed with bottled water to stop the spread of potentially fatal bacteria. Three babies at Jessop Hospital were found with the water borne bug serratia on their skin, prompting staff to isolate them and test water supplies. The water system has since been found not to be the source of the bacteria. Both serratia and pseudomonas belong to a group of bacteria found naturally in the environment and can be spread through water as well as skin contact. If they enter the bloodstream, the bacteria can cause severe respiratory problems. BBC News_ 1/21/06

Meet water's cooler cousins

They have names like Skinny Water and Woman on Top's Slimmer You H2O (with an appetite suppressant to help you lose weight), Penta and HiOsilver Oxygen Water (structured and oxygenated to help you hydrate better), and Smartwater, Vitaminwater and Propel (with electrolytes, vitamins or minerals, to help you energize, immunize and rejuvenate yourself). They can be pink, yellow, green or blue. They don't always taste like water — they may be flavored with cherimoya, pomegranate, sugar or herbs. And unlike regular H20 (or "dead water," as it is sometimes called by enhanced-water marketers), these beverages often contain calories, although not as many as, say, a Coke. For all the health hype, though, experts say most of these waters do not do much more than plain old water. They hydrate, they refresh — and that's about it. But they are extremely lucrative. Los Angeles Times_ 1/16/06 (logon required)

Sylvester Stallone taps Mount Rainier for bottled water sales

Sly Water, hitting shelves this March, is the latest in a string of celebrity-oriented bottled water products to debut recently. Auburn, Washington-based Glacia Nova has partnered with Stallone to produce the bottled water from the 10,000-year-old Mount Rainier Carbon Glacier, on the mountain's north face. A 16-year-old company with rights to the glacier, Glacia Nova has remained relatively small. Existing products include Vivali health and performance water, Akali functional water, and Serac glacial milk. Local mountain climber Jon Corriveau originally founded Glacia Nova, and John Destito now acts as CEO. Last year, revenue was around $4 million, said Glacia Nova consultant Larry Spangler, who inked the deal with Stallone. Puget Sound Business Journal_ 1/13/06 (logon required)

Bottled water sales in China's Guangdong area up amid unusally high saltwater tide

Zhuhai is among the hardest-hit cities, with numerous complaints from residents about salty tap water over the past few days. However, the saltwater tide greatly boosted the bottled water industry, which recorded a 13 percent increase in sales compared to the same period of last year. Yonglong Group, the city's largest bottled water supplier said its daily sales of 19-liter drums of water reached 20,000, up 30 percent compared to the same period of last year. Ren Haibin, general manager of a water supplier, explained the increased consumption by saying many residents, who usually bought bottled water for drinking, were also cooking with bottled water. The Zhuhai government has enforced mandatory measures to minimize the influence of the saltwater tide, including suspension of the water supply for a week to some business such as car washes and saunas. The Guangdong Provincial Astronomers Society blamed a shortage of rainfall and the effect of a powerful tidal wave, caused by the sun, the earth and the moon being in one line Dec. 31, for the emergence of the saltwater tide. XinhuaNet_ 1/6/06

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power pays to drink Sparkletts

Despite spending $1 million in the last two years to assure Los Angeles residents that their tap water is not only safe to drink but also top quality, city officials spent $88,900 in public money during that time on bottled water from private firms. The Department of Water and Power, which supplies the city's water and promotes it, spent the most on bottled water, paying $31,160 to Sparkletts. The DWP at any given time it has about 25,000 bottles filled with its own water. It is bottled by the agency for use by its employees in the field and for storage in case of emergencies. Some of the bottled city water is provided to City Council offices for events held in the field on hot days. "They hand out thousands of bottles of their water to the public each year at various community events," said City Controller Laura Chick, whose office compiled the bills in response to a Public Records Act request from The Times. "But behind closed doors, the DWP management has been spending ratepayer dollars on water for their employees from an outside supplier. There is something very wrong about that." Los Angeles Times_ 1/3/06 (logon required)

 

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