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?
RO As the tap water crisis continues to spread across America, many people are turning to the installation of reverse osmosis water filtration systems in their homes. Reverse osmosis promises a pure water that’s suitable for drinking, and of course the resulting water is indeed purified. However, we should look at the definition of reverse osmosis to truly understand what we are getting when we drink it. Reverse osmosis, commonly referred to as RO, is a process where water is demineralized by pushing it under pressure through a semi-permeable membrane. There’s a key word here: demineralized. One of water’s greatest benefits is hidden in the total dissolved solids that are in good quality drinking water. Minerals and electrolytes such as sodium, potassium, bicarbonate, chloride, and calcium are essential to a healthy body. Reverse osmosis removes them completely. In fact, according to a research study we mentioned last month, drinking reverse osmosis water not only resulted in the decreased intake of vital minerals, it actually increased the elimination of sodium, potassium, chloride, calcium, and magnesium ions from the body. Reverse osmosis water was proven in that study to lose its taste qualities and not quench thirst like a natural mineral water would. The study also highlights the importance of calcium and magnesium and says that people who drink demineralized water may be become deficient in those minerals when their diets fail to provide the required daily intake. Drinking natural mineral water may make up for that deficiency. For about 50 years, studies in many countries all over the world have reported that water low in calcium and magnesium is associated with increased morbidity and mortality from cardiovascular disease (CVD) compared to water high in magnesium. While it’s true that drinking reverse osmosis water will remove impurities dangerous to the human body, it also removes minerals vital to the body’s health and survival. Don’t just take our word for it, read the study, do your own research, and decide for yourself.  The best drinking water is one with natural minerals and healthy electrolytes that hasn’t undergone filtration or other chemical processes to make it fit for consumption. Castle Rock Water is one of the few bottled water brands on the market that meets all of the standards for being a whole, living, healthy water that tastes great and hydrates naturally. Instead of reverse osmosis, think Castle Rock Water.  
nature copy It’s summertime in the Unites States and that means people are getting outside with their boats, picnic blankets, and camping gear. Whatever your outdoor activity of choice this season might be, make sure you stay hydrated in the summer heat with the right kind of water. You might assume that any water will keep you hydrated, and the “right” kind of water is the kind that is wet. Here’s the thing, though: not all water is the same. Water from the tap can contain harmful chemicals or simply lack the essential minerals and electrolytes your body needs. Castle Rock Water is especially essential in the summer because it’s an alkaline, natural whole water. What does that mean? Our water is not artificially filtered, treated, or modified in any way. It contains natural minerals including magnesium, sodium, potassium, and chloride; minerals your body uses fast and needs to replace in the summer heat. Unlike other bottled waters, Castle Rock Water comes from crisp mountain streams that originate high in the glaciers of Mt. Shasta. That water is renowned globally for its exceptional purity and taste. This summer, as you explore the beautiful natural areas this country has to offer, make sure your bring a water that is as pure as the lands you’re exploring. Your body needs it.      
Mt. Shasta, the source  of Castle Rock Water

Mt. Shasta, the source of Castle Rock Water

Where does the tap water in Los Angeles come from, and how is it treated before it arrives at homes, schools, and businesses? That’s a question most people don’t ask because they take for granted the fact that water comes out of the faucet when they turn it on. Here’s a brief rundown of how the water gets to your home: According to the LA Country Water District, water is collected either from the ground or the Colorado River Aqueduct. The Colorado River Aqueduct stretches 240 miles from Lake Havasu on the California-Arizona border to Lake Mathews in Riverside County. The water, in its raw form, is unfit for human consumption and must be heavily treated before it arrives at the tap. Once it’s collected, the water is then disinfected and pumped into the distribution system. How is it disinfected? The LACWD says, “The imported water is generally treated using conventional treatment methods including coagulation, flocculation, sedimentation, filtration, and disinfection.” Here’s what those processes include: Coagulation: The coagulation process involves the addition of a chemical that is rapidly dissolved and distributed evenly throughout the water and causes particles in the water to cling together, or coagulate. Flocculation: Another chemical is added to the water, which is then sent through large paddles and slowly churned to further increase the size of the coagulated material. Sedimentation: After flocculation, the water and floc moves slowly through large basins known as sedimentation or settling basins. The water moves very slowly through these basins due to their large size. This allows the floc to settle to the bottom of the basin. The floc that falls to the bottom of the basins is collected into a hopper by large rotating scrapers where it is removed several times daily by the plant operators. Clear water above the floc layer flows out of the sedimentation basin and to the filters. Filtration: The filtration apparatus is a concrete box which contains sand (which does the filtering), gravel (which keeps the sand from getting out) and an underdrain(where the filtered water exits). After the filter is operated for a while, the sand becomes clogged with particles and must be backwashed. Flow through the filter is reversed and the sand and particles are suspended. The particles are lighter than the sand, so they rise up and are flushed from the system. When backwashing is complete, the sand settles down onto the gravel, flow is reversed and the process begins again. Disinfection: To prevent contamination with germs and bacteria, water companies add a disinfectant —usually either chlorine or chloramine— that kills disease-causing germs. Chlorine has been used to disinfect public drinking water supplies in the U.S. since 1908. Even with all this treatment, the water that arrives in homes isn’t always clean. It must travel through miles of pipes, many of them lead, and can pick up other chemicals and heavy metals that are bad for consumption. LA tap water has been found to contain: Once people learn about the process and the chemicals that end up in their water, they tend to switch to bottled water or investigate a home delivery option. In LA, many people are switching from tap water to Castle Rock Water, since no chemicals are used to treat the water and it only contains natural, beneficial minerals that the body needs to stay hydrated.
Samples of tainted tap water. Photo courtesy of flintwaterstudy.org

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

From contaminated water in America’s schools and homes to an epidemic of lead poisoning and chemicals in tap water, the safety of tap water in America has never been discussed quite as openly as it is today. Fixing the broken water system in our country will cost millions of dollars, most which will fall upon home and business owners who will need to replace old pipes that are leeching lead. As reliable as tap water is, it often comes from mysterious sources and contains chemicals that people shouldn’t be putting into their bodies. How can the problem be addressed and how can American citizens protect themselves? This series is a must-read! The Safety of Tap Water in America, Part 1  The Safety of Tap Water in America, Part 2: Flint The Safety of Tap Water in America, Part 3: Lead Poisoning The Safety of Tap Water in America, Part 4: 2,000 Water Systems, 50 States, and 6 Million People Exposed to Lead The Safety of Tap Water in America, Part 5: School System Contamination The Safety of Tap Water in America, Part 6: It’s not Just Lead
FrackingWaterGraphic 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.
flint-drinking-water-pipes 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  
flint-drinking-water-pipes 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
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.

 

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