castle_rock_water The right water can change everything.  That can be hard to believe because water is everywhere. It comes out of our taps, out of our shower heads, and we buy it in bottles. Water is just water… it’s as common as the air we breathe and we just don’t give it a second thought. When someone says that there’s a kind of water that’s different from other water, or water that can change lives, we tend to be more than a little skeptical. And rightfully so. Do some research though on living water versus dead water. Look into structured water that contains natural minerals and compare it against demineralized and filtered water. You’ll learn that there truly is a difference and that your body will benefit from drinking water that’s naturally sourced from Earth’s purest springs. Water that’s sucked out from underground aquifers or pumped out of rivers needs to be chemically altered and filtered before it’s ready to drink, and that process can be harmful to your health and to the planet. Living structured water is filled with naturally occurring minerals and is scientifically proven to be full of energy and life. Structured water directly affects how cells are nourished. Reverse osmosis and the treatment that tap water receives deplete those natural components and creates “dead” water because it removes water’s structure and thus its life-giving vitality. Structured water happens when the water is free to flow through nature, is naturally filtered, and is not manipulated or treated by people. Castle Rock Water is a prime example of structured water. Castle Rock is glacier-fed natural spring water that is never processed. The water source is sustainable and the glaciers, high atop Mt. Shasta, are growing.  On top of all of that, Castle Rock proudly has the IMO “For Life- Social Responsibility” certification, which means we treat 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 a country with much lower taxes.  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. 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. That’s billions of dollars going unpaid.  Castle Rock Water is bottled water done right and we hope more companies follow our lead. It’s the right thing to do. Plus, Castle Rock Water is consistently named as one of the best tasting bottled waters in the world. It’s water that’s better for your body, and better for the planet.  Have you tried Castle Rock Water yet?
Shasta water Clean drinking water is essential to life. In the United States, and in other western countries, we take for granted that our water is always clean and fresh. Recent news has proven otherwise, which has resulted in more people investing in at-home reverse osmosis water filtration. The claims are that reverse osmosis produces a perfectly pure drinking water, but is it as safe as people think? Reverse osmosis essentially strips water of everything, good and bad. That means that beneficial minerals in water are also removed. According to a research study published by the World Health Organization and conducted by the National Institute of Public Health in the Czech Republic, reverse osmosis water can have direct effects on the intestinal mucous membrane, metabolism, and mineral homeostasis or other body functions. Low-mineral water can also mean reduced intake of calcium and magnesium, in addition to other essential elements and microelements. Those losses can also transfer to food prepared with reverse osmosis water.  Since reverse osmosis water is stripped of all dissolved solids, it is more likely to leech chemicals from whatever it touches. That means toxic metals from pipes could potentially end up in the body.  The study concludes by saying,
Demineralised water that has not been remineralized, or low-mineral content water – in the light of the absence or substantial lack of essential minerals in it – is not considered ideal drinking water, and therefore, its regular consumption may not be providing adequate levels of some beneficial nutrients.
In future blog posts, we’ll look at the specific effects of reverse osmosis water on the body. In the meantime, people are better off drinking water that has natural minerals and beneficial elements that hasn’t been purified or treated in any way. Look for natural spring water, bottled in glass, that comes from mountain glaciers and is filtered naturally before being bottled.
Earth Today is Earth Day. Celebrated every April 22, events worldwide are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network. At least 193 countries celebrate each year. But what does it mean to celebrate Earth Day? At Castle Rock Water, we prefer not to focus on a specific day to celebrate and treasure our planet. We do so every April 22, but also extend that celebration to each of the remaining 364 days in the year. As a bottled water company, we are determined to show the rest of industry how to bottle responsibly and how to devote resources to protecting our precious Earth. Here’s how we are addressing some of the problems faced by our planet:   Responsible use of resources: It’s an ironic truth that most bottled water companies do not take action to protect the environment in which they operate. Unfortunately, nor do they give back to their local communities or pay for the water that they extract from the earth. One of the largest bottled water companies, in fact, has caused controversy by pumping hundreds of millions of gallons of water out of California with a permit that expired about 30 years ago. That issue has resulted in lawsuits and boycotts of the company’s water products. Situations like this are why people want change in the bottled water industry. There are currently no laws saying that any company is required to pay for water that it extracts. Even so, Castle Rock Water, a small family owned business, has chosen to pioneer new ways of bottling water. That’s why our company pays a fair price to its community for the water it uses, and one of the reasons we have earned the coveted “For Life – Social Responsibility” certification from the IMO. Natural health: Since we’re all living beings on Earth, it’s important to nourish our bodies with the purest hydration possible. From glacier to bottle, Castle Rock Water goes completely untouched by human hands to ensure a premium quality product. Our water contains naturally occurring minerals and trace elements, no added artificial chemicals or nutrients. Our water, unlike our competitors, contains naturally structured living water, the way nature intended it to be. Industry change: Castle Rock Water is one of very few bottled water companies 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 a tax-free country. 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 to our local communities. The big four bottled water companies in the United States currently pay nothing. If they paid the same rate that we do, each would give 500 million dollars, for each bottling plant, to the local governments and could bring taxes down substantially. Charitable donations: Castle Rock Water Company coexists with its employees, nature, and its community. The company has donated to many non-profit organizations such as Charity: Water, Living Water International, Walk with MADD, Unlikely Hero’s, and many more local charities. When you purchase Castle Rock Water, you’re not contributing to a massive corporation’s bottom line. Your purchase of Castle Rock Water supports a small company’s efforts to enlighten peoples knowledge of how important it is to know what we put into our bodies. Your purchase supports local communities and provides jobs and resources to local areas. You also happen to get the best bottled water in the world. As a consumer, you can choose to be part of the problem or one of the people working toward a solution. We hope you’ll join us in our commitment to keep our world as pure as our water.   
Whole_Foods_Market_logo 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.  
poison_toxic_tap_water 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.

 

tap_water_in_america 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: 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.
Shasta_american 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
Mt_Shasta_Castle_Rock_Water 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: 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.
CRW-best water There’s a giant misconception that imported bottled water is far superior to U.S.-sourced bottled water.  Why is that? Imported water comes from places such as Fiji, Germany, Italy, and Norway.  Why, though, does it make sense to bottle water and ship it around the world? Imported bottled water accounts for about $130 million in sales in the United States. That’s tens of millions of bottles that are put on container ships and sent across oceans so U.S. consumers can make the purchase and send their money back the country where the water originated. Consumers continue to do this because they’ve found that imported brands taste better than the filtered tap water found in America. The truth, though, is that consumers don’t have to look across any oceans to find one of the best-tasting bottled waters in the entire world. Water connoisseurs in the United States are starting to learn that supporting the import of artisan water just doesn’t make a lot of sense because there’s a better-tasting domestic water that is popular among pro athletes, celebrities, and health-conscious people across the country. Every year, Castle Rock Water competes in the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting Competition. Bottled water companies from around the world compete for the title of Best Tasting Water in the World. Castle Rock Water won the gold medal in 2014, silver in 2015, and was also named the best tasting sparkling water in all of North America last year. Why does Castle Rock Water taste so good? That’s a long story that begins at the top of Mt. Shasta where water collects in glaciers. Meltwater from the glaciers flows into cracks and ancient lave tubes in the mountain, where it spends the next 100-10,000 years slowly filtering through the mountain. Along its journey the water picks up vital nutrients and minerals. The water moves constantly during that time and never sits stagnant. When it finally exits the mountain in energetic streams, the water is charged with vitality and living structure. It’s also exceptionally clean and pure. Castle Rock Water has a gravity-fed bottling facility that collects this raw, pure water and bottles it in glass. It’s never touched by humans and never altered from its original form. The water you drink from Castle Rock Water’s glass bottles is the very same water that you’d drink from the pure streams on Mt. Shasta. With the best-tasting water in world right here in your own backyard, why look anywhere else?
Fair for Life logo It’s an ironic truth that most bottled water companies do not take action to protect the environment in which they operate. Unfortunately, nor do they give back to their local communities or pay for the water that they extract from the earth. One of the largest bottled water companies, in fact, has caused controversy by pumping hundreds of millions of gallons of water out of California with a permit that expired about 30 years ago. That issue has resulted in lawsuits and boycotts of the company’s water products. Situations like this are why people want change in the bottled water industry. There are currently no laws saying that any company is required to pay for water that it extracts. Even so, Castle Rock Water, a small family owned business, has chosen to pioneer new ways of bottling water. That’s why our company pays a fair price to its community for the water it uses. Companies like ours typically sell products with a Fair Trade label, which assures consumers that fair prices were paid to producers and/or growers of goods and food. Coffee, chocolate, textiles, and more can be labeled as Fair Trade. Water, though, isn’t a good. Water is a human need and basic right, so therefore is not currently able to be labeled as Fair Trade. But that doesn’t mean the companies that bottle and sell water can’t adhere to fair trade practices. Castle Rock Water is the only water company in the world to hold the “For Life – Social Responsibility Certified Products” certification. No large bottled water corporations currently hold that certification. When you purchase Castle Rock Water, you’re not contributing to a massive corporation’s bottom line. Your purchase supports a small company’s efforts to enlighten people’s knowledge of how important it is to know what we put into our bodies. Your purchase supports local communities and provides jobs and resources to local areas. You also happen to get the best bottled water in the world, bottled in re-usable and recyclable glass bottles. Castle Rock Water can be purchased at natural grocery stores in Southern California and online at Amazon. If you’d like to buy Castle Rock Water in your local area, please ask your favorite grocery store to bring it in for you. Thank you for being part of our bottled water revolution! Have you tried Castle Rock Water?

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