Friday, February 08, 2008

NYC water without the NYC hub-bub

If you can't get to New York City, you can bring a taste of it to you. Sort of.

A company called New York Spring Water Inc. has begun bottling water from sources in the Catskills that also supply the Big Apple's municipal water system. The product is called New York Springs Natural Spring Water.

The company's 12,000-square-foot bottling facility draws water from a natural spring adjacent to the 300,000-acre Catskill Preserve, puts it through three separate filtration systems and it then is "ozonated" before being exposed to an ultraviolet light to destroy any possible bacteria.

In addition to coming in recyclable plastic bottles in 8-ounce, 16.9-ounce, 1-liter and 1.5-liter sizes, it also is available in a 6-gram plastic cup offering 8 ounces of New York Spring Water. Called "Cup-A-Water" it uses less plastic than conventional bottles, the company says.

The suggested retail prices are $14.16 for a case of 24 8-ounce bottles and $18.96 for a case of 12 1.5-liter bottles.

Richard Zakka, president and CEO of New York Spring Water Inc., said in a statement:

"There is no need to bottle and ship water to the United States from all over the world when the best tasting water is right here. New York City water is renowned as some of the best tasting water in the world, but that's not due to the municipal water system or New York City plumbing.

"It's due to the source of that water. We have gone directly to that source to produce a water that is superior in flavor and purity to not only New York City water, but to truly any bottled water sourced from throughout the world."

The company also markets a series of fortified waters called IntelligentWater.

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