Bottled Water Out of the Tap


Recently in class we were discussing bottled water vs. tap water and, correct me if I’m wrong, a good portion of the class agreed that there was essentially no difference and that Portland’s tap water “is great” and “some of the best” put by Jacob.  It was also brought up, in disgust I might add, that some companies even bottle water straight from the tap.  Well I don’t disagree that there is worse water out there than Portland and I’m not saying that I know the properties and makeup of water, but I do know that Portland does not have great tap water. 

I know this because I grew up in the small town of Culver, Oregon, having a population of about 1400 people and a high school of fewer than 250 students.  How does this have anything to do with water?  Simple, Culver is home to Opal Springs. Our unpurified tap water, which is also piped to Metolious and Madras, is the same water bottled at a company called Earth2o and shipped to places all over the Pacific Northwest.  The water that I showered in and flushed the toilet with for more than 18 years was better than the water you Portlanders have ever tasted from the tap. I dare say it is really some of the best water in the world. 

So the next time you decide to take a break from the same old, nasty Portland water, grab a bottle of Earth2o and support the small community of Culver, Oregon and experience what I did everyday for 18 years.

Nevin Lewis

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    Andy Askren said,

    Nevin, just ran across your post—okay Google alerts helped—and had to comment. Full disclosure, I work with Earth2o and am a big fan anyway. You make great points, many of which we’re coming up against as we try to get the word out about what is honestly truly one of the world’s best waters. Period. Don’t ask me to quantify it, cause that’s where the whole bottled water category goes wiggly. (But it’s true. So there.)

    But to your point, it is all relative. Portland tap water is good. Certainly better than a huge %age of major cities; you’ll always have fans of those cities’ taps waters. But you taste water from Opal Springs, and you get what you’ve been missing. For some people its subtle, others its not. But its a real difference. It’s strange to think of a “tap water” as a “bottled water”—but when a tap water is this good, it makes sense to share it with the world.

    The problem with bottled water is what some people define as “water” in those bottles. Like you said, Earth2o is “just” 100% natural spring water. “Pure” as opposed to “purified.” Incurring none of the costs ($, energy) that many other bottled waters have because they are processed, manipulated and “made.” At what point does natural stop being “natural”?

    All this is to say, can I add your blogpost to the Earth2o website (when it goes live in the next couple of weeks?) We’re rebuilding it now and your discussion is the exact kind of conversation we’d like to feature in our “News and Views” section. The more people learn about the water in their bottled water, the better off we’ll all be.

    Thanks! A


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