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Bottled Water Delivery in Los Angeles

Xericx Jul 13, 2003 12:30 AM

Who is the best provider for this in town? The 5 gallon jugs. All I can find right now is Sparkletts and Arrowhead. Any opinions? I'm leaning towards Sparkletts because I used to use them in College and they were pretty good.

Is there any difference in price/taste? I have a water dispenser that I got for free from my aunt, so I don't need to rent.

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    malibumike Jun 30, 2010 08:13 AM

    I prefer sparklets but I changed from delivery to picking up a bunch of 1 gallon jugs of sparklets at Smart and Final, less than half the price of delivery, my wife and I each keep one at bedside with a glass for driniking at night, very convienent.

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      Joy Sep 2, 2003 02:48 PM

      http://www.thecityoflosangeles.org/wa... If you're still looking, check out this site. I can't vouch for any, but it offers more choices.

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        Bob Barnett Jul 15, 2003 03:33 PM

        I love bottled water discussions bc they're pure fantasy.
        Penn and Teller on their show "Bullshit" proved that no one can tell tap water from some spring fed stuff under an Antartic Glacier.

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        1. re: Bob Barnett
          mc michael Jul 15, 2003 03:44 PM

          Penn & Teller are probably right about the taste of bottled water, but the effect of the ingredients of LA tapwater on your body could be hazardous to your health whereas you might fare better with the bottle.

          1. re: mc michael
            Bob Barnett Jul 15, 2003 10:26 PM

            You're more likely to get sick from any water you swim in,than from a large municipal water source.

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              mc michael Jul 16, 2003 11:23 AM

              Wasn't it W.C. Fields who advised, "Don't drink water. Fish piss in it."

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                WLA Jul 16, 2003 11:34 AM

                I don't believe he said "piss". As I recall he said not to drink it as fish "fornicate", (more accurately he used the shorter more graphic word for it) in the water. ;-D

                1. re: WLA
                  mc michael Jul 16, 2003 12:08 PM

                  Bottoms up!

              2. re: Bob Barnett
                foodfan Jul 16, 2003 07:54 PM

                just because it's a large municipal water source doesn't mean it's safe. LA water has perchlorates in it from all the jet fuel JPL and other military sites have dumped over the years. Perchlorates are known to cause fetal defects and the only way to get rid of them is through the reverse osmosis process. so we buy our water from the filtration system outside our Vons. it's way cheaper than having it delivered, they filter it 5 different ways, and it tastes good.

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                  WLA Jul 17, 2003 10:43 AM

                  While it is true that some monitoring wells near the aerospace contamination sites have tested positive for percholate to the best of my knowledge I don't think that the Water Agency has seen any proof of contamination of either the Alluvial Aquifer, or the deeper underlying Saugus formation, which provide about 54% of our water here in LA.

                  Of course we also get about 46% of our water from the State Water Project which brings it down from places like the Owens Valley, and which is not subject to percholate contamination.

                  You also might want to consider some fairly recent testing that was done on water dispensers found outside of grocery stores, and which showed quite a bit of bacterial contamination in a fairly high number of them due to the fact that there were no standards for cleaning these systems or their filters or membranes, nor any regular maintenance for the purpose of cleaning them.

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                    foodfan Jul 17, 2003 02:18 PM

                    You can check out this article on the perchlorate problem in Southern California:


                    I know people can get hysterical about this stuff, but since I'm thinking of getting pregnant soon, what the EPA says about perchlorates matters to me.

                    I also know there are problems with the dispensers at grocery stores, but the one I go to bears a sticker telling me it's been cleaned within the last week. I guess at some point you have to throw up your hands and hope you're doing enough.

                    Link: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/0...

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                      WLA Jul 17, 2003 03:00 PM

                      What part of LA are you in? Do you know if the source of your tap water is a local community well? I think that the California State Water Agency generally does a very good job of testing for all these types of contaminates. Of course you are smart to be extra cautious during pregnancy, especially the early part. Best of luck with the getting pregnant and the follow on phase that only lasts the rest of your life. (g)

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            torta basilica Jul 13, 2003 03:16 PM

            Does Fiji Water have a Water Delivery Program?! Now, that would be awesome! How cool would it be to have one of those gorgeously
            painted Fiji Water trucks pull up to your house every week & out pops a hunky bare-chested guy in a sulu (pareo in Fijian) to deliver
            this pure, delicious stuff? Think I'll call their marketing dept. in Aspen with my fantasy idea... Anyone else interested?

            OMG - just checked their website - they do deliver - now I just have to figure out how to pay for it.

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            1. re: torta basilica
              Chris G. Jul 15, 2003 03:26 PM

              I think they considered the scenario you suggested, but Lloyds of London refused to provide them paternity suit insurance. (And is it me, or does anybody else think that George Brazil plumbing is just a front for a Latin lover gigolo service?)

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              Hershey Bomar Jul 13, 2003 01:44 PM

              I don't like Spakletts or Arrowhead. What about Yosemite?

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                Ernie Jul 13, 2003 12:11 PM

                I prefer Sparkletts, especially like their distilled water. Very clean and "wet" tasting if that makes sense. Years ago Arrowhead was better, but honestly their product now tastes like filtered tap water to me.

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                1. re: Ernie
                  Filmfreaketta Jul 13, 2003 02:56 PM


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                    Chino Wayne Jul 13, 2003 08:43 PM

                    You gotta read the Arrowhead label carefully. The "mountain spring" water is still carted down from a mountain spring, and it is all we drink at home. They have some other "drinking" water that does not come from the mountain spring, and it is easy to confuse it.

                    1. re: Chino Wayne
                      Ken Jul 14, 2003 11:13 AM

                      I agree..since ive moved here from Atlanta..ive found the bottle watered here nasty..Arrowhead especially..it tastes like tap water..Sparkletts is better...i miss Crystal Mountain...

                  2. re: Ernie
                    mc michael Jul 14, 2003 06:37 PM

                    FWIW, there's a PhD who writes a column in the Beachwood Voice about water. After reviewing various waters and their standards, filtration, etc., he recommends Rocky Mountain Water.

                    1. re: Ernie
                      Jwsel Jun 29, 2010 04:34 PM

                      I like Arrowhead, which is not tap water. According to Sparkletts' website, they have artesian, spring and "purified." Purified is filtered tap water.

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                      torta basilica Jul 13, 2003 01:06 AM

                      We get Sparkletts & it's just fine - lucky you - we have to rent a dispenser.

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                      1. re: torta basilica
                        mc michael Jul 13, 2003 02:19 PM

                        FWIW, Arrowhead is owned by Coca Cola.

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                          Joe B. Jul 13, 2003 02:30 PM

                          And another FWIW, Sparkletts is French-owned. If that matters to anyone...

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                            TE Jul 13, 2003 05:04 PM

                            Nestle Waters' Perrier Group owns Arrowhead, Calistoga and several other domestic and imported brands.

                            Sparkletts' is owned by Groupe Danone in France, which also owns (among many other companies), Evian. Wonder where Dannon yoghurt got its name?

                            For more on bottled water, try here:

                            Link: http://www.bottledwaterweb.com

                          2. re: mc michael
                            pam Jul 13, 2003 03:55 PM

                            are you sure? I thought it was owned by nestle

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                              Joe B. Jul 13, 2003 05:05 PM

                              Yup, you are correct...

                              Link: http://www.nestle-watersna.com/faq/ca...

                              1. re: pam
                                mc michael Jul 14, 2003 02:18 AM

                                Guess Coke sold it to Nestle.

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                                  Nick Feb 1, 2004 01:03 AM

                                  Arrowhead website sez owned by Nestle....

                                2. re: mc michael
                                  Eric Jul 13, 2003 04:06 PM

                                  My bottle of Arrowhead says they are a division of Great Spring Waters of America, Inc.

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