Water Quality Of Glaciers – Do We Want It?

Water quality is an important topic, since we all drink quantities of water over our lifetimes. Even if we drink only minimally, we still want top water quality. Check out the list we’ve compiled for you below from Nicmarwater.com.

So what about the water quality of glaciers – do we want it? Is the water quality of glaciers really pristine, as we are led to believe?

Glaciers Store About 75% of the World’s Freshwater

Freshwater contains very minimal amounts of dissolved salts, especially sodium chloride. It is found only in lakes, streams, and rivers – never in oceans or seas. Glaciers have, therefore, potentially good water quality. Is that water quality pristine, though?

Glacier Bottled Water

Several water bottlers have chosen a glacier as a symbol of purity. Some use the words “glacier” and “virgin” in labeling or advertising. But water quality does not always match the symbol. According to government and industry estimates, 25 to 40 percent of all bottled water is actually bottled tap water – despite pictures of glaciers!

Before recent FDA intervention, the label on one brand of bottled water read: “Alaska Premium Glacier Drinking Water: Pure Glacier Water From the Last Unpolluted Frontier, Bacteria Free”. Why was that bad if water quality in those bottles was so high? The water apparently flowed into the bottles from Public Water System #111241 in Juneau, Alaska, not from glaciers.

Some bottlers imply top water quality by referring to their water’s origins as streams flowing from glaciers, or glacier-fed lakes, but in Alaska, such wording is forbidden.

“If it says ‘glacier water,’ it’s got to be right from the glacier without the influence of any other surface sources,” says Mike Gentry, program coordinator for the Alaska State Department of … Read the more