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Sunday, March 16, 2008

The water in a bottle can spring from just about anywhere

Published March 15, 2008
In small print on its bottles, Nestle discloses where the water comes from — sometimes. Gallon containers of Deer Park Natural Spring Water sold in the Tampa Bay area, for instance, do not identify the source. A spokesman said this week that the company will change its labels to identify the sources on all their bottles.

Zephyrhills water might come from the spring in Pasco, but it also can come from Madison or Washington counties in North Florida. Ozarka once bubbled up from a spring in Arkansas; now it's drawn from Texas. Arrowhead is no longer just from the spring in the San Bernardino Mountains, it's drawn from 13 different sources, including a Canadian spring.

"The quality of that water is determined by the land uses at that particular spring basin," Stevenson said. "If there is a city near that spring, the pollutants from that city will affect that water. If the entire spring is in a natural forest, there are virtually no pollutants."
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