Health and Safety

Big Spring Water is perfectly safe and healthy for you, your family, and your friends to enjoy. Below are links to resources on the various drinking water health and safety debates you may have questions about:

Drinking Water and Health

Drinking Water and Your Health: What You Need to Know
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) site about drinking water, including bottle water.

Drinking Water Resources
Collection of resources on “everything you wanted to know about drinking water, but didn’t know who to ask” including questions and comments from readers.

EPA Bottled Water Pamphlet (PDF)
Comprehensive pamphlet on the basics, types of water and sources, bottled water certification, and standards.

Contaminants

PCBs
PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls, are man-made chemicals that have gotten into the creeks and can contaminate water and fish. Big Spring Water DOES NOT contain PCBs.

PCBs were used as lubricants and coolants in a variety of industrial and electrical products and applications, and in ink and paint additives. The manufacture of PCBs in the U.S. was banned in 1977. PCBs are very persistent, and even though their manufacture was discontinued nearly 30 years ago, trace levels of PCBs remain throughout our environment.

Everyone is exposed to some PCBs, and they are found everywhere.  They have even been found in penguins in Antarctica. There are several possible sources of exposure to PCBs including drinking water with PCBs, breathing air with PCBs and occupational health exposures. The most common source of exposure is from eating foods that may contain some level of PCBs. Such foods include fish, eggs, red meat, poultry, milk and cheese (Source: MT.gov)

Educate yourself about the issues at the EPA informational PCB website.

Fluoride
Fluoride occurs naturally in many spring waters, including Big Spring Water.  In small amounts, fluoride is healthy for you and can help prevent cavities in your teeth. However, the benefits of purposefully fortifying water with fluoride, is debated. 

People are concerned that public water supplies that have fluoride added may cause serious health problems, especially for children. The water can be overly fluorinated so people are getting dangerous amounts of fluoride. This argument does not apply to Big Spring Water because it is naturally fluorinated and contains fluoride well within the recommended limits.

Read more about the fluoride debate here:
Community Water Fluoridation, Center for Disease Control
Fluoride Information, Montana Department of Environmental Quality

Cooler Cleaning

Your Big Spring Water contains no nasty bacteria that are harmful to your health, and we want to keep it that way! Proper cooler cleaning and maintenance insures you are drinking the quality product we delivered and increases the lifespan of your machine.

Check this website for a pamphlet on proper cooler cleaning:

Water Cooler Cleaning-Brookhaven National Lab






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