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Wellsprings: A Natural History Of Bottled Spring Waters

by Frank Chapelle (Author), Katy Flynn Brown (Author)

Book Description
"Many people consider ground water deep beneath their feet as mysterious,
perhaps even supernatural. To clarify matters, hydrogeologist Frank Chapelle has
written a definitive history and science of subsurface water in his Wellsprings,
a book both accessible to the lay reader while being filled with startling
nuggets of information pleasing to the professional water scientist."—Donald
Siegel, professor of earth sciences, Syracuse University

"This book tells the story of bottled water in the United States in a highly
readable and in-depth way, covering both the facts of the subject, and the
persons and events that resulted in this now ubiquitous product."—Stephen C.
Edberg, professor, Yale University

Bottled water is a part of everyday life for millions of Americans. Per capita
consumption in the United States now tops fifteen gallons per year with sales
over $5 billion in 2002. Even as fuel prices climb, many people are still
willing to pay more for a gallon of bottled water than they are for the
equivalent in gasoline. At the same time, bottled water has become a symbol of
refined taste and a healthy lifestyle. But despite its growing popularity, many
people cannot quite put their finger on just why they prefer bottled water to
the much less expensive tap variety. Some have a vague notion that bottled water
is "healthier," some prefer the convenience and more consistent taste, and
others are simply content to follow the trend. The fact is most people know very
little about the natural beverage that they drink and enjoy. It is reasonable to
wonder, therefore, just what differentiates bottled water from other water? Is
it really better or healthier than tap water? Why is it that different brands
seem to have subtle variations in taste?

As Francis H. Chapelle reveals in this delightful and informative volume, a
complex story of geology, hydrology, and history lies behind every bottle of
spring water. The book chronicles the history of the bottled water industry in
America from its beginnings in Europe hundreds of years ago to the present day.
Subsequent chapters describe the chemical characteristics that make some waters
desirable, and provide an overview of the geologic circumstances that produce
them. Wellsprings explains how these geologic conditions vary throughout the
country, and how this affects the kinds and quality of bottled water that are
available. Finally, Chapelle shows how the bottled water industry uses this
natural history, together with the perceived health benefits of spring waters,
to market their products.

Accessibly written and well illustrated, Wellsprings is both a revealing account
and a user’s guide to natural spring waters. Regardless of your drinking
preference, this timely exploration will make your next drink of water
refreshingly informed.

About the Author
Francis H. Chapelle, Ph.D., a hydrologist at the U.S. Geological Survey for
twenty-five years, is the author of Ground-Water Microbiology and Geochemistry.

He has written over one hundred papers for peer-reviewed scientific journals,
and received the 2000 O. E. Meinzer Award in Hydrogeology given by the
Geological Society of America. Since 1998, Chapelle has been a trustee of the
Drinking Water Research Foundation, which provides independent research to the
drinking water industry.

Product Details

Hardcover: 279 pages
Publisher: Rutgers University Press (August 25, 2005)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0813536146



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