I moved to Asheville recently and was delighted to find so many “healthy” restaurants serving organic local produce.
By contrast however, I was sad to run into so little consciousness regarding water.
An iced-tea hound, I visited local coffeehouses. The usual reply to my “Is your water filtered?” question was: “Yes, we run it through a coffee maker which filters it.” Other times I was told: “We boil it.” The responses were always accompanied by a baffled look, implying: “Filter our water? Why would you ask such a silly question?”
One fellow behind a counter proudly explained how Asheville has some of the best city drinking water in the country.
In response, I quote the Asheville Department of Water’s Web site: “Lake water from the pristine North Fork Reservoir is pre-chlorinated and mixed with aluminum sulfate to coagulate suspended particles that come from the lake. After mixing, the water flows through the filters, which remove coagulated particles. Following filtration, the pH is adjusted, fluoride is added for dental-health purposes, corrosion inhibitors are added, and the water is once again chlorinated for further disinfection.”
Anybody for a cup of corrosion inhibitors?
And for those unfamiliar with the dangers of chlorine, I suggest: www.relfe.com/A06/drinking_water_treatment_chlorine.html.
I’m surprised to find supposedly health-conscious people here are comfortable ingesting chlorine and fluoride on a regular basis, along with other highly toxic chemicals. As we all know, coffee filters are designed to remove java grounds, which are like boulders compared to the molecule-sized, potent chemicals dissolved into the water supply.
I deeply wish to support local coffeehouses, but not at the expense of my health. Having healed myself of cancer using alternative methods, I learned to place pure drinking water at the top of my list. I am sad that Starbucks, which offers quality water filtration, wins again. (For the record, I am neither affiliated nor employed with Starbucks in any way—just a health-oriented tea lover hoping to raise public awareness, out of the selfish desire to have more places I can drink tea.)
Please, won’t somebody out there prove me wrong? Will you owners of local cafés write letters declaring: “Of course we filter our water. Why would you ask such a silly question?”
— Heidi Fox