Friday, July 27, 2007


PepsiCo to disclose water supplier: tap - Los Angeles Times

PepsiCo to disclose water supplier: tap - Los Angeles Times: "PepsiCo Inc. will spell out that its Aquafina bottled water is made with tap water, a concession to the growing environmental and political opposition to the bottled water industry.
According to Corporate Accountability International, a U.S. watchdog group, the world's No. 2 beverage company will include the words 'public water source' on Aquafina labels.
'If this helps clarify the fact that the water originates from public sources, then it's a reasonable thing to do,' said Michelle Naughton, a Pepsi-Cola North America spokeswoman.
Pepsi's Aquafina and Coca-Cola Co.'s Dasani are both made from purified water from public reservoirs, as opposed to Groupe Danone's Evian or Nestle's Poland Spring, so-called spring waters shipped from specific locations that the firms say have notably clean water. "

When I have said to tap water drinkers that I don't like Aquafina, they always say, "water doesn't have taste". Uh, yeah, it does. If you have ever had water from a well, and then had water from a spring and then had water from a public tap, then try to tell me that the three didn't have very distinct tastes. They do. Years ago, when visiting a friend here in a small town in Central California, the tap water was so brown and disgusting, I didn't even want to brush my teeth in it. Public water is not always so healthy. I have been bottle fed ever since. Pepsi's admission is only surprising in that they admitted it, not that it was tap water.

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