The earth constantly offers unfiltered, untreated, and unsterilized spring water on the planet. The Opal Springs Water Company in Culver, Oregon provides spring water into a bottle.
Customers can even have some of this “live” water for just $16 a jug, plus a $22 deposit.
The company says it is selling this toxin-free live water, but food safety experts claim that drinking a stream or even spring water could create bacteria, parasites, and viruses into a stomach which may or may not be harmful.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this water can create a mouthful of farm waste runoff, chemicals, pesticides, and septic tank spillover. The New York state department of health stated that the spring water contains waterborne organisms that can cause symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, and nausea. Chemicals in the spring water can even lead to long-term health effects, such as kidney and liver damage, nervous system disorders and birth defects.
Kevin Freeman a shift manager at San Francisco’s Rainbow Grocery said that spring water has a vaguely mild sweetness, a nice smooth mouthfeel, nothing that overwhelms the flavor profile. The Arizona-based startup Zero Mass Water, which makes solar panels that, can literally pull drinkable water from the air. The company was launched in the United States and started began taking orders in November. It has raised $24 million in venture capital.
The natural water advocates say the products which they are selling online or to grocers in trend-friendly neighborhoods is clean and pure and carries beneficial bacteria. All other filtered and even bottled spring waters are sterilized with a sub-micron filter, UV light, and ozone gas.
“It is important to take a step back and realize that public health and medical experts consider water treatment to be one of the most significant public health achievements of the 20th century,” said by Dr. Mary Margaret Fill, a medical epidemiologist who specializes in water-borne diseases at the Tennessee Department of Health.