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News & Media

Mar 25, 2008

A reporter nearly gives up a responsible choice

The Denver Post’s Marcia Darnell lives in a community that is experiencing a need for bottled water following a salmonella outbreak in her local tap water system.

While bottled water is typically enjoyed as a packaged beverage-of-choice, sometimes it is needed by communities faced with tap water service interruptions.

In her town, bottled water companies responded with donations to help ensure residents had clean water for drinking and other personal uses.  Darnell was about to give up bottled water, as she’d heard about the “global uprising against it.” However, as she puts it, the reporter “dodged a bullet.”

I live in Alamosa, which is currently designated a Third World country, thanks to an infiltration of what may be salmonella in the city water supply. Now, I’m required to use bottled water – not just for drinking, but for cooking, washing dishes, and brushing teeth.  Alamossans are supposed to use hand sanitizer after washing as well, and officials say it may take two weeks to get our taps back to normal.

Citizens in the San Luis Valley were buying bottles by the liter to stay hydrated, cook, clean and even feed their pets.

Learn more facts about bottled water by clicking here.

The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) is the authoritative source of information about all types of bottled waters. Founded in 1958, IBWA's membership includes U.S. and international bottlers, distributors and suppliers. IBWA is committed to working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates bottled water as a packaged food product, and state governments to set stringent standards for safe, high quality bottled water products. Additionally, IBWA requires member bottlers to adhere to the IBWA Bottled Water Code of Practice, which mandates additional standards and practices that in some cases are more stringent than federal and state regulations. A key feature of the IBWA Model Code is an annual plant inspection by an independent, third party organization.

For more information about IBWA, bottled water and a list of member‚ brands, please contact
Jill Culora, IBWA‚ Vice President of Communications at 703-647-4609 or [email protected].


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