One bottling company’s vague policies have sparked discourse on the relationship between California’s drought and bottling water in California. How much groundwater are these companies using? Would it affect the drought if these companies no longer bottled? Who oversees groundwater usage rules? Which companies in California use the most water for these purposes? These are questions that have been asked frequently during the eruption of conversation about bottling water and the drought. Let’s take a further look into the conversation…
It started with Palomar Mountain Spring Water, a bottling company based in San Diego County and located on Palomar Mountain. How bottled water companies work is that they buy land located on large reservoirs of groundwater and use the water to bottle and disperse to the community for a fee. These resources do not have limits; “The spring is also not subject to the kind of drought restrictions that are causing residents across San Diego County to let lawns brown and leave toilets unflushed,” says Morgan Cook from the Union Tribune. It is also uncertain how much groundwater is being used by these companies for bottling purposes because they are not required to release information about usage of the springs that they own.
-But wait, shouldn’t that be public information? ‘”The complaints that we don’t really know what they’re doing, the complaint that they’re taking a public resource and commercializing it at a great profit- these are all real problems…,” says Peter Gleick who is the president of a water think tank in Oakland.’ The Union Tribune posted this and other thoughts about this in their article No Drought Rules for Bottled Water, which was released today (6/8/15).
Another issue that the article brought up was the fact that Palomar Springs is just one of many bottling companies that have taken advantage of the fact that bottled water natural resources are unrestricted. Six companies in the San Diego area alone are included in this category, of which draw from resources like the Lakeside springs, Palomar Mountain area, Santee, and private wells. And because these companies have the right to not have to report the amounts of water they use, no one knows which companies are using more than others.
All of this being said, bottled water is not the ultimate source of the California drought. Although these companies may be helping to exacerbate its severity, the drought situation in California derives from many other sources, including natural disasters (forest fires, earthquakes, and storms), climate change, and human impact on the environment.
If you’d like to learn more about the article in the San Diego Union Tribune, check out their link below. If you’d like to learn how you can help the environment save and recycle water, visit filtercon.com for more information.
San Diego Union Tribune, “No Drought Rules for Bottled Water”. 6/8/15. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2015/jun/08/tp-no-drought-rules-for-bottled-water/2/?#article-copy
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Many cities, including San Diego, treat their water to kill off harmful bacteria and parasites. What many people don’t know is that impurities such as copper, aluminum, pesticides, and other toxins can still remain in the water even after being treated. Along with these impurities, city water usually doesn’t taste very good. The reason is because chemicals such as chlorine used during the water treatment process attempt to remedy these problems, but give the water an unpleasant taste. For this reason, many people purchase filtered water dispensers to further purify their water. Filtering dispensers help in eliminating these impurities and can also make the water taste better.
Research shows that a filtered water dispenser will save you roughly $600 a year if you were to contin-ually buy 16-ounce water bottles. Furthermore, some people like to bottle their own filtered water. By doing so, they reduce plastic waste and save money. Talk about a win-win situation!
Water dispensers come in different shapes and sizes. Some conveniently fit right into your refrigerator door, others come with a bigger container for larger quantities of water.
After reading all of this information, you might want to rush out and buy yourself a filtering water dispenser. Before you do that, let’s look at the advantages and disadvantages…
- No plumbing is required
- Most are easily stored in a refrigerator and are usually portable
- With so many different types on the market, you can choose one that suits your needs and budget
- Cleanup is very simple. The only thing you should have to do is replace the dispenser’s filter
- User-friendly. Most people understand how to use dispensers without a manual or guidebook
- Although perceived as safe, try to keep them away from dust. They can easily become a breeding ground for diseases
- Cost. The water dispenser itself does not cost much, but it requires a new filter after so many uses. This extra expense adds up, especially during the summer when people are drinking more water
- Check the quality of the plastic before you make the purchase. If it is made of harmful plastics (like BPA), you could be drinking chemicals just from the dispenser itself rather than the water. Read our article on: BPA Free Water Bottles
The best way to find drinking water from a trustworthy source is to invest in a whole house water filtration system. These systems filter water throughout your entire home and eliminate 90% of harmful chemicals. They reach your faucets, your showers, and your hoses outside so that everywhere you go in your home, you’re getting clean, pure water. Without the added chemicals in your shower water, your skin and hair will start to feel more clean and healthy. The long term effects on your health alone are worth the investment in one of these systems.
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Here at Filtercon Technologies, the most important part of our day is interacting with our customers. We have a sales team that genuinely wants the best for our community; to have more people drinking clean water and living healthier lives. How do we make that happen on a daily basis? Well, we’ve built our company to be well-known by locals, and we work by referral. Filtercon completely trusts in our water filtration systems and believes that our customers are getting the best water possible for their health. Because our water is so clean and pure, our customers believe in us too, and they recommend us to their family and friends. If you own a business that works on a smaller scale or targets a specific audience, this is the way to go! Here are some reasons why it’s great to work by referral:
Relationships > sales.
So many people in the sales world want to meet you quickly, give you their sales pitch quickly, and close the deal immediately. In our small business, we know we wouldn’t want to be treated that way. So we take the opposite approach and get to know our clients and what they need. No customer deserves to be taken advantage of because they don’t know the ins and outs of sales. That’s why we give our customers the knowledge they need to make an informed decision and let them do the rest. When they buy and love our product, they refer us to their friends and family. It’s a genuine approach that works on the basis of trust in our product. That’s why we work by referral.
You control my business.
When we meet people we want to do business with, they usually want to do business with us as well. We earn your trust and know that your future referrals are given because you believe in our product as much as we do. Talking to their friends and family about our product is not something we push on our customers, they want to do so.
Service continues after the sale.
Small businesses work with a target audience of clients, we don’t want to be working with masses of people who we don’t know and don’t trust. If we did, we wouldn’t be able to provide you with the services that we value and we wouldn’t be able to connect you with other great businesses. We give you important information before we sell our product to you, work hard so that when you buy our product you can use it to the best of its ability, and continue to provide you with any information you need anytime after.
THE IMPORTANCE OF WORKING BY REFERRAL:
“90% of consumers worldwide said they are most likely to trust the recommendations of the people they know, a figure that was well above any other form of advertising, according to recent market research conducted by The Neilson Company.”
Filtercon Technologies is a full-line water filtration company based in San Diego, California. Our systems purify your water but keep in the healthy minerals that your body needs. Check out our website, filtercon.com and see what doctors and health professionals recommend us!
“Why I Work By Referral”, Sea Cost Exclusive Properties’ Client Appreciation Program Newsletter, San Diego, CA (9 March 2015)
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