July 8, 2009
Kangen Water World owner Harvey Branman poured water over several cherry tomatoes in a plastic cup. He then poured water into another cup containing more cherry tomatoes. After letting the water sit for a couple of seconds, he drained the water from each cup into two separate cups. In one of the cups, the water is clear. In the other, the water has an orange tinge, like over-diluted Tang — a visual cue to the pesticides that washed off the tomatoes. “Now would you like to drink that?
October 3, 2007
BURBANK — Tapping into its own water supply, the city plans to rid itself of bottled water at official government functions in an effort to be more environmentally and economically friendly. The city’s new bottled-water policy calls for city employees to use tap water during official meetings and City Hall proceedings. In 2006, about 64 million gallons of bottled water was imported to California through the Port of Los Angeles, according to officials with the National Resource Defense Council.
March 28, 2007
BURBANK — Health officials expanded a recall for Jermuk mineral water over the weekend after tests continued to reveal the water contained unacceptable levels of arsenic. A recall of Jermuk Natural Mineral Water Sparkling brand water was reissued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Saturday after testing continued to show arsenic levels of 454 to 674 micrograms per liter — up to 670 times the legal limit, the agency announced. The latest recall affects water distributed through Andreas Andreasyan DBA Arnaz & Nelli Co., based in North Hollywood.
March 10, 2007
BURBANK — About 2,400 bottles of Jermuk mineral water are being recalled from stores after they were found to contain unacceptable levels of arsenic. The order to recall Jermuk Natural Mineral Water Sparkling brand water came after U.S. Food and Drug Administration testing found 500 to 600 micrograms of arsenic per liter — well above the 10-microgram limit, the agency announced. The water — which is bottled in and shipped from Jermuk, Armenia — was distributed nationwide through three firms, including Glendale-based Kradjian Importing Co., and was also labeled as "Bottled by Jermuk Group CJSC" and "Sale Agent Kradjian Importing Co. Inc.," according to the FDA. Kradjian Importing Co. was notified of the recall Tuesday and has since been working to collect about 200 cases of the bottled water from smaller stores in Glendale, Pasadena, Burbank and North Hollywood, co-owner Vic Kradjian said.
December 23, 2006
S ome religious groups, such as the National Coalition of American Nuns, are calling for followers to refrain from drinking bottled water. They say a God-given resource such as water is not something to be packaged and sold while access to drinking water is so scarce in the poorest regions of the world. Water should be free for all, they say. Bottled-water advocates say targeting bottled-water companies is misguided, given the many products that use water, and will not lead to solutions to resource scarcity in poor regions of the world.
January 30, 2002
Gary Moskowitz HILLSIDE DISTRICT -- It wasn't quite as exciting as "old faithful" releasing its hourly burst of hot water at Yellowstone National Park. But on Monday, a water main near Thomas Jefferson Elementary School did succumb to the pressures of the intricate root system of an 80-foot tall, 3-foot wide pine tree on Cambridge Drive, causing an early release for Jefferson students. The water main was part of the network that serves the school and surrounding homes, said Fred Lantz, BWP assistant general manager for water.
January 24, 2001
Karen S. Kim BURBANK -- Bottled water sold in local markets has been ruled safe for drinking, following a four-week, $36,000 analysis of samples of various shelf brands and drinking water vendors, officials from Burbank Water & Power said. "At least of the snapshot we saw, bottled water is another source of drinking water that met the state standards, just like tap water," said Fred Lantz, assistant general manager of BWP. Between Nov. 6 and Nov. 28, the BWP collected samples from various grocery stores of six bottled water brands: Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water, Palomar Mountain Spring Water, Sparkletts, Aquafina, Vons and Ralphs.
November 25, 2000
Irma Lemus BURBANK --Angered by what some are calling a lack of information from the Burbank Unified School District, parents of William McKinley Elementary School students are urging greater disclosure of chromium 6 levels found at schools. Aracely Taris, whose 7-year-old son, Andrew, attends McKinley, said she was oblivious to the issue until a Nov. 9 letter from the school stated students could bring bottled water with them. "It really upsets me, because the flier didn't say anything about chromium 6 being found in the water.
November 22, 2000
Paul Clinton CIVIC CENTER -- As Burbank Water and Power officials work to complete a four-week program of testing bottled drinking water, some City Council members are defending the decision while others say the move is out of line. On Oct. 24, the council approved a motion directing city employees to buy bottled water from supermarkets and other water dispensers for testing. The federal Food and Drug Administration regulates water products bottled in one state and delivered to others.
October 28, 2000
Will Rogers A majority of Burbank's City Council voted to test bottled water sold in local stores. It strikes me as a ludicrous example of City Hall trying to micro manage the world, and baby sitting citizens. I also believe that in discussing the tests, making an extemporaneous motion to perform them, and by voting, the latter two steps -- and perhaps all three -- violated state laws governing public meetings. A new feature of council meetings is a weekly report on the results of tests done on municipal wells.