Archive for Thursday, January 26, 2006

All about water

January 26, 2006

Forty-five years ago when I worked at a milk plant in Kansas City and our manager was approached by the owner of a mineral spring to bottle his water, we were the target of a lot of jokes and smiles.

So was I when I told people that we were beginning to bottle water to sell it.

What I heard was, "Why in the world would anyone want to buy water by the bottle?"

The owner of the spring was an elderly man who was as active as a teenager, full of excitement and moving around quickly. He was ore like a person half his age.

I remember the day he visited our plant and seeing his lovely wife who was half his age.

He insisted over and over again, it's in the water, it's in the water, it's in the water.

We hauled the water in stainless steel tanker trucks. We ran the water through the processing operation, just as we did the milk, and put it in half-pint containers.

As the years passed, the process went through many changes. The containers, the equipment process and the plant location changed. The kicker to this story is that the water plant is still operating bigger than ever, for it supplies all the railroads in the country with bottled water.

I've read many Internet sites about the quality of water, and I'm convinced that it has a direct effect on our health.

There are many studies of people that live in high altitudes and drink water from streams full of minerals and live to be at least 100 years old. The opposite is true in countries that drink polluted water.

Up until Lansing got water lines, we had many good wells on the east side of the highway, and the owners would brag that their well was better than their neighbors wells.

There was once a good well in the parking lot of our Lansing Current newspaper office.

You could spend several lifetimes studying water.

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