Bottled Water


After years of hearing "Think globally, act locally," I ponder the label on
the NCAR-labeled water sold in the cafeterias.

Ingredients: Purified Water purified by Reverse Osmosis or Deionization.
Distributed under the auspices of Purified Products International,
Phoenix, AZ.

At first glance, it appears to me that the water is shipped up from
Arizona. If this is the case, it seems ironic, since the water originated
in Colorado and was then shipped back to Colorado. I wonder how much diesel
fuel is consumed to ship water from Arizona to Colorado? With Eldorado
Springs just minutes from Boulder, it seems to me that it would be more
environmentally sound to buy our NCAR-labeled water from them.

Answered on June 01, 2001


Several years ago, NCAR Food Services felt that there would be interest if
we provided a good quality bottled water and even more if we could get our
own label on the bottle. We checked far and wide as well as locally and
determined the best value was the company we are still using. Not only are
these bottles recyclable, they are also reusable and have the sport top as
well as a waterproof label. In addition, the water is purified.

We could not get this combination from any other vendor and the price was
also the lowest. There are other vendors out there; we did a comparison
earlier this year and determined that even the local ones do not meet our
specs in one way or another. We also prefer to go with a purified product
versus a naturally filtered one.

We appreciate the questions you have raised and assure you we will continue
to look for the best products at the lowest cost with preferences given to
local suppliers whenever possible. Thank you.

-Velma Ryan, Manager, Meeting Rooms and Conferences,
Food Services and Special Functions