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Jun 21, 2012 06:59 PM

Local Bottled Water Question...Denver

Thanks to the Hounds on this Board, I have a short list of restaurants to try (or avoid) over the next two days while in the area, on business. I'm staying at the Brown Palace Hotel and am looking forward to following the recommendations, while I'm here (flying back home late Saturday night).

Along with my food exploring, I'm trying to buy bottled water for my daughter's collection. The bottles need to be plastic (for safety) and sized around 16.9 fluid ounces, or so. She has just over 250 different water bottles in her collection and, with most of the national labels already accounted for, I'm trying to find regional and/or private labeled bottles.

Since stopping at every eatery I pass and asking if they sell their own "brand" of bottled water is an impossibility, I'm hoping you can help. If you can think of a restaurant that sells it's own privately labeled water, and is in the same general area as the Brown Palace (I won't have a car), I'd appreciate knowing about it.

As you can guess from the paragraphs above, the water doesn't necessarily have to have a restaurant's name on it. Regional waters sold in retail stores and other non-restaurant related waters are also fair game. Even if I have to buy a six-pack or a case at a grocery, drug or liquor store and keep one bottle for my daughter and give away the rest to whoever is leaving the store and wants it for free,that's OK.

Since arriving yesterday, I've already stumbled on the following (new to the collection) four brands which are not available in the Chicago area: Eldorado natural spring water, Brown Palace Hotel natural artesian water, Rite Aid Pantry -- Crystal Lake spring water and Simplify purified water.

Any help in finding others would be GREATLY appreciated!

BTW, is it always this hot here, in the summertime???


Alice (posting from hubby's account)

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  1. A challenge for local water bottlers is that the Denver area has some of the best tap water in the country, thanks to the visionary leadership of Chips Barry, the late manager of the Denver Water Board for the last few decades. Its reservoirs extend beyond the Winter Park ski area 65 miles to the west (which is owned by the City of Denver), and include high altitude lakes that provide convenient gravity flow of alpine water all the way to the city. That the Brown Palace continues to use its artesian well is a bit of an anomaly. Water rights are serious business in the region, including 70 miles of the High Line Canal, which also provides a network of pedestrian and bike trails. (Although Chips used to curse the evaporation loss and the water-gulping cottonwood trees that line it.) Glendale formed in 1952 as a renegade breakaway from Denver when landowners resisted hooking up to the DWB system, but joined later, and retains its 7 artesian wells for irrigation of its parks. Fun topic and you have done a lot of homework; I'll watch to see if anyone can add more.

    P.S. It's dry heat, rarely gets above 90.