Spring Water definition:
Water flowing naturally to the surface on its own, without mechanical aid. The spring itself must be pure and the watershed surrounding it must remain undisturbed and away from any form of agriculture or residential development. The NC DEHNR (Dept of Environment, Health, & Natural Resources) regularly monitors the spring source. A spring must be approved by the NCDA (NC Dept of Agriculture) and follow all FDA (Food & Drug Administration) regulations in order to meet requirements for use as a public water supply. Our spring was approved in 1989 and has met or exceeded all requirements. We were the 7th spring in NC to be authorized to bear the NCSWA (NC Spring Water Assoc) gold seal certifying our source to be a true, natural spring!
Natural Water definition:
Water in its natural state which can be derived from a NC State approved well source, or from a certified spring. Natural water must meet the same state and FDA requirements as spring water. The term “natural water” cannot be used when labeling ordinary tap water from a municipal source. This, and other sources must be labeled as “drinking water”.
Deionized Water definition:
A type of purified water with the mineral ions removed - sodium, calcium, iron, copper, chloride and bromide. Beginning with water from our NC State approved well, we use a cation exchange process to remove these ions to create an extremely pure, mineral free water. Since we do not boil the water, as in the distilled water process, the taste remains fresh and clean, not flat or stale. Uses for deionized water could be in kidney dialysis machines, laboratory equipment, or for drinking to avoid excessive mineral content. Some doctors recommend mineral free water as an aid in deterring kidney stone formation. Deionized water must also meet all state and FDA requirements.
Plastic Bottle Update:
At present, we are phasing out the returnable polycarbonate 5 gallon bottles in favor of PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles due to the rising customer concern for BPA (Bisphenol A). In recent years, a number of government agencies and industry worldwide have studied the potential for low levels of BPA to migrate into food and beverages from polycarbonate containers. These studies consistently show the potential to be extremely low. An average adult would have to ingest more than 1300 pounds of food and beverage in contact with polycarbonate every day for an entire lifetime to exceed the level of BPA that the US Environmental Protection Agency has set as safe. Source: www.bisphenol-a.org
The individual sized bottles (12 oz, .5 Liter, 20 oz, 1 Liter & 1.5 Liter) have historically been made of recyclable PET plastic (BPA free). At present, there is a biodegradable PET bottle just emerging on the market. We are in the trial process of this new bottle now. This new bottle will biodegrade in the landfill in just 3 years as compared to hundreds of years for the former type. Until this new bottle is in full production – please recycle!