Date: 2001-03-14 12:44:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] bottled water
A few things to take into consideration about bottled water.
1. The first is that most communities in the United States, have no regulations regarding bottled water, other than sanitation. I have read reports here and there that have exposed even the most well known bottled water suppliers with just using tap water. If you are traveling, you gain nothing if you by bottled water from one of these firms.
And..you never will know if youhave!
2. Most bottled water enterprises only filter tap water, to remove chemicals and taste.
3. Some bottled water plants use distilled water in everything, no matter the label..it is cheaper in the long run for them to do this...and no harm is done..you would be getting 'pure' water.
Breaking this down, obviously, the first is a rip off....won't go into that one..
The second. You can buy very good filter systems for your home that will cost as little as 4 or 5 bottles of water. Filter your own water. Here is the important one for your fuzzies.....they have portable filters available. Buy one of those and don't be bothered with carting '8 pounds per gallon' water around for you fuzzy! Filter yours as you
On the third issue....distilled water or most artesian well water is mineral free. Great for car batteries and steam irons, but..as for a living body..no benefit. It is the minerals in water that quench the thirst response. Think back to the last time you drank from a true artesian well...it was cold, but it wasn't refreshing. If you give your
fuzzies distilled water or artesian spring water, they will just drink and drink and drink, ad infinitum.
So...Years ago, I decided to not bother with carting water with me...my fuzzies do quite well on everyone's water. If you are concerned, buy a portable water filter, it only weighs in at 10 ounces and stores in the glove compartment!
For our ferrets.
> I've used bottled water for years, figuring when we travel, it is better
> to bring your own water. Any reason why bottled spring water should not
> be used?
> Moxie and Chance