SUSTAINABILITY IS an unwavering goal
at DS Services, Costco’s water-delivery service provider. So says Jim Goforth, Costco
Services manager, who oversees the service.
“In fact, one of their green initiatives is
delivered right to customers,” he says. “All
3- and 5-gallon water containers from DS
Services’ family of companies are reusable.”
Bottled water delivery
A sustainability story worth sharing
Goforth adds that after each use the
bottles are cleaned and sanitized, and they
can be refilled up to 50 times. “When these
bottles are no longer usable, they are recycled and used to make everything from
carpet and toys to bird feeders and tool
handles,” he says.
Safe drinking water is a key factor of
a healthy lifestyle. Depending on where
you live, the quality of your water
resources might be affected and you
should always have a supply on hand.
To help you understand the
importance of bottled water, DS
Services has put together this quiz.
How much do you really know
about the best beverage in the
DS Services provides water delivery
through these brands (depending on
region): Alhambra, Belmont Springs, Crystal
Springs, Deep Rock Water, Hinckley Springs,
Kentwood Springs, Mount Olympus, Sierra
Springs and Sparkletts. To sign up for
low-cost, reliable water delivery, or for
more information, go to costcowater.com
or call toll-free 1-888-432-4823.
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2 Bottled Water Matters, instagram.com/p/BB8OHyoqSgM/
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the FDA,” U.S. Food and Drug Administration, fda.gov
5 “ 15 Easy Ways to Drink More Water Every Day,” Hristina
Byrnes, MSN, msn.com
6 “Basic Information about Lead in Drinking Water,”
1. How much bottled water does the
Federal Emergency Management Agency
recommend storing in case of natural
disasters or emergencies?
A. A single 24-pack of 0.5-liter bottles.
B. 1 gallon per person per day for three
C. 10 5-gallon bottles for a family
D. None of the above.
2. Recycling a single plastic bottle can
conserve enough energy to:
A. Power a flashlight for 24 hours.
B. Jump-start a car.
C. Light a 60-watt lightbulb for six
D. None of the above.
3. Bottled water has a shelf life of how
A. Two to three decades.
B. Indefinite if it’s produced according
to regulated guidelines.
C. Six months.
D. Eight years.
4. Which of these is not true about water?
A. It cushions joints.
B. It removes waste.
C. It acts as a natural stimulant.
D. It helps your body absorb nutrients.
5. Trick your brain into feeling fuller by
drinking water ______ before mealtime.
A. With three to five cubes of ice.
B. From a straw.
C. In a red or yellow cup.
D. 10 to 15 minutes.
6. In which year did Congress
pass the Safe Drinking Water Act?
7. The water we use in our daily lives
is sourced from a variety of places,
A. Rivers, streams and lakes.
B. Rain and snow.
C. Wells, springs and aquifers.
D. All of the above.
A n s w ers: 1. b; 2. c; 3. b; 4. c; 5. d; 6. c; 7. d; 8. a; 9. T; 1 0. b
8. Home filtration systems typically use
carbon or activated charcoal, which is
A. Charred wood.
B. Crushed silica.
C. Pulverized seashells.
D. Frozen plankton.
9. Water is required for breathing.
10. Bottled water can be tested up to
_____ times more often than tap water
on a gallon-for-gallon basis.
How much do you
know about water?