The company behind Crystal Geyser bottled water, CG Roxane, LLC, recently plead guilty to one count of unlawful storage of hazardous waste, and one count of unlawful transportation of hazardous material. This occurred due to their regular practices in treating the water they use for their Crystal Geyser bottled water.

As part of their bottling process, CG Roxane filters their sourced water through sand to reduce the presence of natural-occurring arsenic. They then backflush the sand filters with a sodium hydroxide solution to clean the filters, and then dump the backflushed, arsenic-laden water into a holding pond. This holding pond, nicknamed the “Arsenic Pond”, grew to contain over eight times the hazardous waste limit for arsenic. But, because the pond was not labeled as containing hazardous waste, the resultant wastewater was simply transported and dumped into a nearby waste facility that was not designed to treat hazardous waste like arsenic. As a result, more than 23,000 gallons of arsenic-contaminated water ended up in the sewers and the normal water use ecosystem.

To us here at Multipure, this is yet another reason why bottled water is not the answer to cleaner drinking water. Multipure drinking water systems filter water without requiring outside chemicals and without producing wastewater. Instead, Multipure systems use solid carbon block filters to treat a broad array of contaminants as the water passes through the system – including arsenic, leaving you with cleaner, healthier drinking water, at a more affordable cost than bottled water. And once again, we remain firm in our belief that Multipure is the best in water filtration.