Samples of tainted tap water. Photo courtesy of

Samples of tainted tap water. Photo courtesy of

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.
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


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.
  Total Dissolved Solids Do you know what TDS means, and how it might affect your drinking water? TDS in water stands for “Total Dissolved Solids,” and can have a significant impact on the taste, smell, and overall quality of drinking water. Total Dissolved Solids are the total amount of minerals, salts, or metals dissolved in a given volume of water, expressed in units of parts per million (ppm). TDS is directly related to the purity of water, as some dissolved solids come from some pretty disgusting places. Organic sources such as leaves, silt, plankton, and even industrial waste and sewage can contribute to the TDS level in water. Other sources come from runoff from urban areas, road salts, fertilizers, and pesticides used on lawns and farms. Those are often the types of TDS found in tap water. Dissolved solids also come from inorganic materials such as rocks and air that may contain calcium bicarbonate, nitrogen, iron phosphorous, sulfur, and other minerals. Castle Rock Water’s TDS levels are low because it is such a pure spring water. Many people are sensitive to higher TDS levels, and even to minerals that are found in some some bottled waters. Those people need a pure spring water, and Castle Rock Water is as pure as it gets. Everyone is affected by toxic minerals and chemicals found in the air and in our food on a daily basis. Water is the only way our bodies have to flush out these toxins. The purer the water is to start with, the higher its capacity to collect and cleanse these compounds from the body. Then there’s this to think about:
If a person drinks two pints of water a day, this will total 4,500 gallons of water passing through the body over a 70 year span. If the water is not totally pure, those 4,500 gallons will include 200-300 pounds of rock that the body cannot utilize. Most of that will be eliminated, but some can stay in the body, causing stiffness in the joints, hardening of the arteries, kidney stones, gall stones and blockages of arteries, microscopic capillaries and other passages in which liquids flow through our entire body.
Why risk it? Our bodies require water to live, and the purer the water we drink, the healthier our bodies will be.  
mt-shasta_castle_rock_water Nearly two million people in California have been exposed to uranium in their drinking water. That’s a scary sentence. Uranium, of course, is found naturally in the earth but it’s also a radioactive material that can be refined into exceptionally dangerous weapons of war. The Associated Press said,
Uranium, the stuff of nuclear fuel for power plants and atom bombs, increasingly is showing in drinking water systems in major farming regions of the U.S. West — a naturally occurring but unexpected byproduct of irrigation, of drought, and of the overpumping of natural underground water reserves.
This issue brings up a couple of very important points. People assume that tap water is just as clean as bottled water. Sometimes it is, but you never know what kind of chemicals, man-made or natural, you are putting into your body when you drink it. Chemicals are added for taste, to kill bacteria, and are leeched in from toxic household waste. Uranium is especially scary because it’s not filtered out by standard filtration processes. We want to reassure our customers that there are no traces of uranium in Castle Rock Water. We post the results of water testing on our website and those reports are free for the public to view. Castle Rock Water is infused with many naturally occurring minerals that our bodies need to be healthy. The water is never touched by humans and reaches you in the same pure state as when it flows from Mt. Shasta in energetic streams. Our water is some of the purest, best-tasting, and safest water on Earth. We hope you’ll try it!
CRW mt shasta pic The California drought has been a disaster in every aspect of the word. Water rationing, dry crops, water shaming, and brown lawns are standard fare in the Golden State. Bottled water companies tend to take a lot of heat, some of them rightfully so, but for the most part the bottled water industry is a minuscule user of California’s water. Caste Rock Water, for example, uses about the same amount of water as five residential homes. When we look at water distribution in California, we see where the solution truly lies. Just 20 percent of the water supply goes to residential and commercial uses, while 80 percent is devoted to agriculture. But here’s the shocker: of that 80 percent, 56 percent goes to raising animals for food. California’s residents, especially the poorer ones, are doing all they can to save water but are being fined when the state deems they haven’t done enough. Many of the rich in California continue to use very high amounts of water, but that still pales in comparison to how much water animals are sucking down, just to be killed for their meat. According to FoodTank,
The total amount of water needed to produce one pound of beef is 1,799 gallons. One pound of pork takes 576 gallons of water. As a comparison, the water footprint of soybeans is 216 gallons and corn is 108 gallons.
If people in California, and all over the world, ate just 10 percent less meat, we’d be well on our way to solving the water crisis. Raising animals for slaughter is one of the least efficient uses of water. If more people ate a plant-based diet there’d be more water to go around for everyone. One of the most efficient uses of water is bottling it for human consumption. Many people keep cases of Castle Rock Water’s glass bottles on hand for drinking and cooking. They love it because it’s water from a sustainable source and reduces their intake of tap water. Plus, the living structured water tastes as water should while hydrating the body with a vitality that can only be found in water from the springs of Mt. Shasta.      
Below is a link to an article no other bottled water company will share. Why are we sharing it? Because we believe the industry needs to change, and we will lead the way until it does. We do bottled water differently and we’re leading by example until the industry catches up with us. What do we do?
  1. We pay our community for the water we bottle.
  2. We bottle our water in glass.
  3. We don’t get our water from municipal sources.
Plus, we are the only bottled water company to earn the “For Life- Social Responsibility” certification. That means we’re better for the environment too. Castle Rock Water is living, structured, ancient water that is some of the best tasting water in the world, all while being sourced and bottled responsibly. Here’s the article, which is a good description of why we need to inspire change in the industry.
Collection of water bottles There’s a story making the rounds on social media that one popular brand of bottled water is actually just tap water. People are naturally upset and feel duped by the big companies that sell bottled water. The truth is that yes, most bottled water comes from the same sources that city tap water uses. The difference is that the companies ship the water via truck to a processing plant where it’s filtered, has minerals added, and then gets bottled. So yes, it’s tap water, but it’s filtered and changed. But it’s not a healthy process for a number of reasons. The corporations don’t pay anywhere near a fair price for the water they extract, which leaves communities with less water and nothing to show for it. Tap water that gets stored and manipulated loses its ability to properly hydrate. We’ve written about that before, and you’re welcome to read up on the details here. Castle Rock Water is bottled water done differently. We pay a fair price back to the community where the water is sourced. We are the only bottled water company in the world to do so. Our water comes directly from the springs of Mt. Shasta and is never touched or changed by humans. The water is constantly recognized as some of the best-tasting water in the world; all without chemical adjustments or additional filtering. Our water is living structured water that is highly beneficial to the human body. Ultimately, we want to encourage other companies to follow us. If we could look back in five years and feel like we had an influence on other brands to bottle water like we do, we couldn’t be happier. Next time you hear someone say that all bottled water is just tap water in a bottle, please send them our way and let them know that Castle Rock does it right.      
Water pipe in the San Bernardino National Forest

Water pipe in the San Bernardino National Forest

One of the largest bottled water companies on the planet extracted approximately 166.5 million gallons of water from the San Bernardino National Forest over the last three years. For free. There’s some controversy over this because a permit is required to pump the water, but the company in question has been pumping without one since 1988. The company has been allowed to continue pumping because of an agreement with the Forest Service while the permit issue is investigated and fixed. That’s nearly 20 years of pumping with an expired permit, though the company has paid a $534 annual fee. The company pays nothing for the actual water extracted. That’s outrageous, isn’t it? You can read more about it here, but the point we want to make is a simple one. Castle Rock Water believes in paying a fair price to the community where water is bottled. If the company in question paid the same rate Castle Rock pays, it would have injected nearly $5 million back into the local economy; money that could have been used for schools, environmental protection, social programs, and more. Across the entire state of California, this company bottles about 700 million gallons, which would amount to $21 million that would have gone back into state and local budgets. Castle Rock isn’t anywhere near the size of this other company, but still has contributed over a half million dollars back to the community of Dunsmuir. There are no rules that say bottled water companies have to do this, but it’s truly the right thing to do. Castle Rock Water will continue to lead by example and advocate that all companies that sell bottled water pay a fair price for it. Until then, you can help by skipping brands that don’t pay a fair price for water and supporting companies that do. It’s just the right thing to do.    


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