In Anchorage, Alaska, the townspeople have always relied on the nearby Eklutna glacier for their drinking water. Scientists are studying its patterns to determine when it may run out. When that finally happens, ZeroWater may be the city’s best hope to regain the taste and purity they’re accustomed to.
The city of Anchorage, Alaska relies on a glacier for drinking water and hydro power. But according to a recent story on NPR, scientists are unsure how long this tradition will last.
“It gets to be the consistency of really strong Styrofoam,” says glaciologist Louis Sass, regarding the glacier’s top layer of snow. The researchers camp on the glacier for three weeks every May. They ski to several survey points and collect samples of snow. They’re determining just how much snow is accumulating every winter. The data is then provided to Anchorage’s utilities departments.
The studies have determined that the glacier has been shrinking rapidly since the 1950’s. For now, this is actually good news, as it supplies the reservoir with extra drinking water. The glacier is expected to last at least the next few decades. So on a bittersweet note, the locals know they’ll be in good standing for a while. However it means they need to be considering future alternatives.
Of course, there is no replacement for the natural crispness of pure glacier water, but ZeroWater might be the next best thing. The product has been on the market for a little over three years. Unlike competing filtration products, ZeroWater utilizes a five-stage filtration process. The five stage process is responsible for creating the purest, most refreshing water this side of the arctic.
Surely the locals will never consider anything as delicious as the fresh glacier water. However, when they finally have to find a new source, they may just agree that ZeroWater is the closest solution.
ZeroWater was founded by a father and son team. The product is the only filtration system known by scientific organizations to remove heavy metals like lead.