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We’ve spent a lot of time here looking at the quality of drinking water from taps across the country.

From Michigan to Ohio, New Jersey to Washington, across California and more, poisonous tap water is being found all across the United States.

That’s one of the reasons health-conscious people are switching to home delivery of drinking water. Water that comes from a reputable source and is untouched by humans is far more desirable, and trusted, than water that comes from mysterious sources and is treated with harsh chemicals.

Sometimes water is tainted at treatment facilities, sometimes in the pipes that enter your home, and sometimes in the ground before it’s pumped into residential and commercial wells.

That’s becoming the case in the midwest as fracking operations grow.

An investigation by Stanford scientists finds that hydraulic fracturing did indeed pollute an underground source of drinking water used by people who live near Pavillion, Wyoming, according to a paper published this week in Environmental Science and Technology.

One article says,

The new research shows that gas wells were not adequately cemented to prevent contaminants from flowing into the aquifer. It also shows that in some cases, hydraulic fracturing and acid stimulation of gas wells took place at depths similar to private drinking water wells, which is not illegal and is more likely to happen in the West because the formations that hold the gas are closer to the surface.

Not only do we have to worry about lead in our municipal drinking water, now we have to beware of chemical compounds and gas in our well water.

When water is as nature intended, it’s pure, clean, and fresh. That’s the kind of water our bodies thrive on. Drinking the best water leads to better health and overall vitality, while overly-treated water can lose its health benefits and even have negative consequences.

Why take the chance?

Consider having fresh water delivered right to your home for drinking. Just click here for more information.

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One of the scariest things a parent can experience is the exposure of his or her child to danger.

We send our kids to school under the impression that they are safe there. With all of the safety protocols in place at schools, it’s easy to assume that being at school is one of the safest places a child can be.

In some schools though, there’s a silent potential killer lurking where no one can see: Inside the water pipes.

Two stories in the news recently have highlighted two school districts in separate cities serving 43,000 kids that have been found to have lead in the drinking water. 

A story at NJ.com said,

In 2006, 2008, and again in 2012, elevated levels of lead were found in drinking fountains in city schools, but officials did not “chart a a comprehensive attack on lead” until 2013, The New York Times reported yesterday. 

The report comes as lead contamination in urban areas has come under closer scrutiny.

But despite lead levels being elevated up to 60 times the federal threshold at eight schools in 2006, students were not switched to bottled water until two years later, The New York Times reported. 

By 2013, all but six Jersey City schools had lead contamination, with one fountain testing at 853 times the accepted maximum, the report states. 

Lead poisoning is exceptionally dangerous for children and can result in nervous system damage and even death. There is no safe minimum for lead exposure and the fact that it’s showing up in schools is reason to send children to school with bottles of clean water from home.

Lead is showing up in school drinking water all across the country, from Seattle to Ohio to Michigan to New Jersey, and will very likely appear in more cities. The biggest reason is because of lead pipes that are many decades old. Water absorbs chemicals from whatever it travels through, and old lead pipes are notorious for poisoning drinking water.

The best way to avoid lead is to drink bottled water that is regularly tested. Castle Rock Water is pure, fresh mountain spring water loaded with natural electrolytes and healthy minerals. People all across California are having it delivered right to their homes and offices so they can have drinking water that they can feel good about serving to their families.

If you’d like information on home delivery, just contact us and you’ll be on your way to a life without lead in your water. 

Samples of tainted tap water. Photo courtesy of flintwaterstudy.org

Samples of tainted tap water. Photo courtesy of flintwaterstudy.org

When the first reports of extreme levels of lead were found in the tap water in Flint, Michigan, it was easy to write it off as a terrible mistake in a single community.

It was awful but at least Americans still felt confident that it was an isolated incident caused by lazy government officials who made a series of bad choices. As much as we wish that were true, contaminated tap water isn’t limited to one city in Michigan. High levels of lead and other toxic poisons have been found in all 50 states and in 2,000 American water systems.

Yours could be one of them.

A USA Today article said,

The water systems, which reported lead levels exceeding Environmental Protection Agency standards, collectively supply water to 6 million people. About 350 of those systems provide drinking water to schools or day cares. The USA TODAY NETWORK investigation also found at least 180 of the water systems failed to notify consumers about the high lead levels as federal rules require.

Even in small doses, lead poses a health threat. There is no amount deemed safe by the EPA, which means even the slightest trace can be harmful. Pregnant women and young children are most at risk. Lead can damage growing brains and cause reduced IQs, attention disorders and other problem behaviors. Infants fed formula made with contaminated tap water face significant risk. Adults can face kidney problems, high blood pressure and increased risks of cardiovascular deaths.

How did this happen in our country? The USA Today article gives all the details, but it comes down to a lack of proper treatment and testing, in addition to decades-old lead pipes that feed water systems.

One of the reasons Castle Rock Water exists is because tap water can’t be trusted. Water is the most vital element in the survival and vitality of humans and drinking tainted water can hurt us in so many different ways. The water bottled by Castle Rock Water is some of the purest on Earth and is free of lead and other heavy metal poisoning. Our water report is posted online for all to see and contains only natural minerals and electrolytes that contribute to a thriving, healthy body.

Many California residents are opting for home delivery of Castle Rock Water to protect themselves from unknown toxicity in their tap water. If you’re interested in having clean, fresh, bottled water delivered right to your home or office, please contact us

 

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The best-tasting bottled water in America is now available in more locations throughout the west coast.

Castle Rock Water is now stocked at Whole Foods locations throughout California and Nevada. Why are people so excited about this? Because Castle Rock Water routinely wins awards for being some of the best tasting bottled water in the world, and remains the hands-down winner in all of the Americas.

Hailing from the natural springs of Mt. Shasta, Castle Rock Water is a pure living structured water that is naturally alkaline and rich in electrolytes. 

Castle Rock Water is the first bottled water brand to be awarded the “For Life- Social Responsibility” certification and is proud to uphold values consistent with Fair Trade products. Plus, all Castle Rock Water products are bottled in environmentally friendly and easily reusable or recyclable glass.

People who taste Castle Rock Water for the first time are routinely surprised at the crisp, clean, and refreshing taste of real whole water.

We’re excited to have a growing presence at Whole Foods, and hope you enjoy hydrating the way nature intended; with clean, fresh, refreshing whole water that’s now more easily available than ever.  

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It’s okay to feel deceived.

The vast majority of us in the United States have grown up in houses connected to city water supplies. We turn on the tap, water comes out, and that’s what we use to drink, brush our teeth, wash our dishes, and bathe.

After news of the Flint crisis broke, stories from across the country have people concerned that maybe their tap water isn’t as clean or as healthy as they once believed.

It’s so easy to take for granted something as simple as water, especially when it’s always available and provided at a relatively low cost by your city. But when you discover that the same water you’ve spent your life drinking might be contaminated, how are you supposed to respond?

An article at The Guardian said,

Water utilities in some of the largest cities in the US that collectively serve some 12 million people have used tests that downplay the amount of lead contamination found in drinking water for more than a decade, an analysis of testing protocols reveals.

If that isn’t scary enough, the article goes on to say that an estimated 96 million Americans live with lead service lines – pipes that carry water from mains to meters. Lead lines are one of the most serious risk factors affecting the amount of lead in water that pours from the tap.

Water is naturally a corrosive liquid and takes on the properties of the materials it passes through. Drinking water from lead pipes over a prolonged period of time could lead to disastrous health results.

Lead poisoning is a serious and sometimes fatal condition. It occurs when lead builds up in the body over an extended period of time. Lead is a highly toxic metal and a very strong poison, especially in young children. Since lead poisoning affects the body’s nervous system, symptoms can include poor memory, poor behavior, and falling grades in school. It can also lead to vomiting, kidney disfunction and, ultimately, coma and death.

The best way to protect yourself from lead exposure in tap water is to not drink tap water. All over the country people are turning to bottled water for their cooking and drinking needs, which can be delivered straight to the home on a regular basis.

Castle Rock Water offers this service, and posts its water quality reports online for all to view. The water is pure, fresh, and never modified by humans. The human body thrives on natural untouched water, and it doesn’t get any more pure than the water that flows through the streams of Mt. Shasta.

To inquire about home delivery, email info@castlerockwater.com

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Flint, Michigan is experiencing one of the worst, most blatant water emergencies in U.S. history.

Children have experienced lead poisoning, people have ended up in the hospital, and residents have lost trust in their city water supplies.

How did it happen?

It’s a long and convoluted story that only keeps getting more shocking.

In charge of the city’s budget in the midst of a financial emergency, the state of Michigan decided to switch Flint’s water supply from Lake Huron to the Flint River as a cost-saving measure. The river had a reputation for nastiness and after the switch in April of 2014, residents began to complain that their water looked, smelled, and tasted funny.

Researchers at Virginia Tech found the water was highly corrosive. A lawsuit alleges the state Department of Environmental Quality didn’t treat the water for corrosion and because so many service lines to Flint are made of lead, the toxic element leached into the water of the city’s homes and was subsequently unknowingly consumed by the city’s residents.

The situation shows a blatant disregard for people’s health in exchange for saving money. Even worse, now there are allegations that the world’s biggest bottler of water may have played a part in the crisis.

In 2001 and 2002, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality issued permits to the world’s largest water bottler (we have a policy of not directly naming or speaking negatively of competitors) to pump up to 400 gallons of water per minute from aquifers that feed Lake Michigan. This sparked a decade-long legal battle between that company and the residents of Mecosta County, Michigan, where the wells are located.

One of the most surprising things about this story is that, in Mecosta County, this water bottler is not required to pay anything to extract the water, besides a small permitting fee to the state and the cost of leases to a private landowner. In fact, the company received $13 million in tax breaks from the state to locate the plant in Michigan.

But it goes a step further: the company’s spokesperson is married to the chief of staff of Michigan’s governor. In effect, this company gets paid to pump fresh clean water while Flint’s residents are forced to pay some of the highest water rates in the country for toxic water.

That’s not right.

Unfortunately, Flint isn’t the only city in this country to be experiencing problems with its tap water. It’s happening all over the United States, from California to New York, and the Flint crisis seems to have brought them to light.

People who drink tap water are at the mercy of the agencies in charge of treating it.

People who drink water bottled by the world’s largest water bottler are contributing to the bottom line of a huge corporation that gives nothing back the communities in which it operates.

These are just some of the reasons companies like Castle Rock Water, which only bottle fresh spring water in glass bottles and gives back to their communities, are experiencing growth in home water delivery.

People are fed up with corporate giants and want to support family owned business that provide quality water at a fair price.

Setting up regular deliveries of fresh drinking water is the best way to avoid tap water and guarantee that you’re not exposing yourself, and your family, to toxic chemicals.

For more information, or to set up regular home delivery, email info@castlerockwater.com.

 

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Clean water in the United States is taken for granted.

We assume that when we turn on the kitchen tap, clean water suitable for drinking is what comes out. We’ve all grown up with instant access to drinkable water anytime we choose and we all assume the water is clean and healthy.

Now, though, we’re starting to hear stories of our tap water not being what we expect.

Cities and municipalities have, for decades, treated water that comes out of our taps. They source the water from lakes, rivers, or underground aquifers and begin a process of de-sludging it, filtering it, and adding chemicals to kill bacteria, make it taste better, and even improve our teeth.

Flouride, as we all know by now, is a neurotoxin that is often added to city water supplies. Tap water can also include:

  • Chlorine
  • Fluorine compounds
  • Trihalomethanes (THMs)
  • Salts of: arsenic, radium, aluminum, copper, lead, mercury, cadmium, and barium
  • Hormones
  • Nitrates
  • Pesticides

An article on Dr. Joseph Mercola’s site says even pharmaceutical drugs can be found in drinking water. The article goes on to say,

Perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), 11 of which were found in this most recent government test, have become so ubiquitous that many of them are now detected in humans—including children. According to the CDC’s “Fourth National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals” published in 2009, a dozen different types of perfluorinated compounds were detected in Americans tested.

We also know from recent events that city water supplies across America have actually been poisoned and made people extraordinarily sick. That list seems to expand every day.

Today we start a new series that looks into those recent events, the chemicals that are causing people to get sick, and how you, as a water-consuming human who wants the best for his or her well-being, can put a stop to it and guarantee your health.

Tap water, while conveniently piped directly to your home, can come from mysterious sources and the fluid that comes out when the tap turns on could contain chemicals that will hurt you and your family.

Stay tuned as we explore the safety of tap water in America.

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There’s a common misperception that bottled water imported from other countries is superior to U.S.-sourced water. Water imported from Fiji, France, Italy, and Norway is perceived to be more exotic, more pure, and better-tasting.

What many people don’t know is that the best-tasting water in the world comes from right here in America.

Castle Rock Water is born high in the glaciers of Mt. Shasta in Northern California and won the gold medal at the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting Competition, which names the best-tasting water in the world.

Our blog series explores the importance of where your water comes from, large corporate bottlers versus small family owned bottlers, imported water, the social and environmental responsibilities of water bottlers, and how Castle Rock Water stands out in the mass of bottlers. Feel free to leave comments and let us know your thoughts.

American Sourced, Part 1: Where Does Your Water Come From?

American Sourced, Part 3: The Family Owned Water Bottler

American Sourced, Part 4: Does Imported Water Make Sense?

American Sourced, Part 5: Responsibilities of Water Bottlers

American Sourced, Part 6: Our Place in the World

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Over the last five blog posts in this series, we’ve talked about where bottled water comes from, the family owned vs corporate bottlers, the trend of imported water, and the responsibilities of water bottlers to the earth and to its customers.

As a small bottled water company, we are building a niche in the market that didn’t exist prior to our company. We don’t say that to make ourselves sound important, we say it to get our point across that we want to change the way water is bottled and sold.

To wrap up this series, and before we start our next one, we want to spend a little time talking about our place in the world. Why does Castle Rock Water exist and what are the goals of the company?

Castle Rock Water was started by Thomas Greither, a nutritionist whom has a long history in the health field. Greither is passionate about the quality of the water we drink and believes the spring water in Dunsmuir, Calif., which originates from the glaciers atop Mount Shasta and is naturally filtered through miles of rock and stone, is the best water on the planet (judges from the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting Competition agree).

From his nutritionist’s perspective, water is highly undervalued and the best quality water comes from right here in America. 

He said,

It’s a substance we don’t pay any attention to. We just say, ‘It’s good enough,’ But the human body, up to 90 percent of it is water. Water is the most important ingredient. High-quality water makes a difference. I want to educate people that water is not just water; we should pay attention to what type of water we use, especially for our health.

In addition to offering the planet’s best water, Griether wanted his company to operate ethically and responsibly.

In 2014 Castle Rock Water was certified by the Institute for Marketecology in Switzerland as socially responsible.

Greither said,

I wanted to start a water company that has a fair relationship with the community. I feel in my heart that natural resources should belong to the people.

The springs are owned by the city of Dunsmuir and the company pays for the water it bottles while also giving a portion of sales back to the local community. It also donates to charities that work to bring clean drinking water to everyone.

Which brings us to our next point.

Greither feels strongly that much of the tap water we drink is not as healthy as it should be. In many cases, it’s contaminated or has been treated with chemicals such as chlorine and fluoride to make it “safe and healthy.”

In our next series, we’ll look into the quality of tap water around the United States. It seems every day there’s a new story about a city’s water being dangerously contaminated. Why is this happening and how can we protect ourselves?


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We are not inheriting this world from our ancestors, we are borrowing it from our children.

That’s a quote that resonates because it puts into perspective the importance of caring for our environment and protecting the natural resources we are so blessed to have access to.

When we take Earth’s resources for granted, we end up polluting them, permanently altering them, or worse, destroying them forever.

Water is perhaps the most precious resource on our planet. Fresh pure drinking water is sought-after in many parts of the world but it’s often taken for granted here in the United States because it’s so plentiful.

As a water bottler, Castle Rock Water knows there are certain responsibilities that must be upheld. They are responsibilities no other water company embraces because they cost a lot of money and can cut into profits. But upholding them is the right thing to do.

Some of those responsibilities include:

  • Paying a fair price back to the community that owns the springs. (No other bottled water company pays for its water.)
  • Donating a portion of revenue back to organizations that work to provide clean water to people across the globe.
  • Providing a fair wage to employees.
  • Ensuring the purest water for our customers by never altering it or adding any foreign chemicals or minerals.

On top of all of that, Castle Rock Water proudly has the IMO “For Life- Social Responsibility” certification, which we earned for treating our employees and the environment right while paying a fair price to the community that owns the springs.

 Think about this:

Castle Rock Water is the only bottled water company in the world that is fairly dealing with our natural resources. If every company that takes natural resources from the earth would pay fairly for them, our government could be paid for and we could have much lower taxes. Those are big words, but the numbers back them up.

Castle Rock Water is making a stand to show it’s possible and, as small as we are, we have already paid close to $500,000. The big four bottled water companies in the United States currently pay nothing, aside from a small fraction of the market rate to use public tap water. If they paid the same as we do, each would give 500 million dollars, for each bottling plant, to the local governments and bring taxes down substantially.

Bottling water responsibly is not easy. It’s expensive and requires extra steps, but it’s the right thing to do for the planet, our customers, and of course, our children.

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