Just when I thought I knew everything about Milwaukee, I stumbled upon a fun fact the other day. DASANI, the bottled water produced by Coca-Cola, uses good old Milwaukee tap water for the Midwest distribution of its product.
I discovered this nugget on the City of Milwaukee's Water Works Web site, which explains just how high-quality our city's H2O really is.
After that cryptosporidium scare in the '90s, it seems Milwaukee got really, really serious about clean water. For example, the EPA requires water utilities to test for 90 regulated contaminants on an ongoing basis, but the Milwaukee Water Works tests for more than 500.
DASANI, for its part, doesn't hide the fact that it uses local tap water. "DASANI source water is usually obtained from the local water utility," it says on its site. But, considering that Milwaukee's water is considered by many to be better tasting than our neighbors' water, I'm not surprised that it's being used regionally.
So, our water might not taste as good as what flows from the waterfalls in Fiji, but for my money, it's pretty good. I might just go grab a bottle of DASANI today; or better yet, I might drink a glass of Lake Michigan water straight from the tap.
Actually, Fiji water isn't bottled there any more. The company closed operations in Fiji and moved to to local political unrest and turmoil.
I used to work for Coca-Cola in Milwaukee as a route driver, so I did actually know about the Dasani being nothing more than locally-filled, filtered water. If you read the Dasani label, it says it is "purified", then also says "with added minerals" which pretty much negates the "purified" part.
Read that here - - http://thepoliticalenvironment.blogspot.com/2010/05/water-marketing-on-tap.html
Dame, this whole time I've been paying $1.25 for water that came from my sink! I'm going to start bottling my own water and sell it like Dasani.
Great timing! Scott Walker and the Republicans have introduced bills in each legislative house that would repeal a DNR rule that requires municipal governments to disinfect drinking water. If you can't make a profit from it, repeal it! http://bit.ly/e9MakR
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