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For ten years we had a physical store on Mt Eden Road, a couple of blocks from the base of Mt Eden. Every working day we drove or walked past Water Street to the Water Shop. I often thought that Water Street would be an apt address for our business, but it was a short dead-end street lined with ageing warehouses and ending at a railway line bordering Auckland's Mount Eden prison. Probably not the ideal location for a retail water store! There are many Water Streets. So how did this Water Street get its name?  According to history, Water Street marks...

The alkalinity of water is decided by the minerals it contains. Alkaline minerals include calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium. The higher the levels of these minerals, the more alkaline the water will be. Alkaline water (as opposed to acidic water) has a pH of 7 and above. pH (“potential Hydrogen”) is a measure of acidity/alkalinity ranging from 0-14, with a pH of 7.0 being neutral. Our body’s blood and cells are naturally slightly alkaline (pH 7.4). However, the foods and beverages we consume tend to be acidic, upsetting the body’s natural balance. Consuming an alkaline water helps keep the body...

The quality of brewed tea (and coffee) is strongly influenced by the quality of the water used to make it. Hard waters, high in calcium and magnesium carbonates can cause the formation of a surface scum. Softened water can over extract the tea and give it a salty flavour. The ideal water has a low mineral content, and a pH close to neutral, so that the final brew will have moderately acid pH, just right to support and balance the other flavours. Spring waters that are low in minerals are the best for making tea. Look for a TDS (total dissolved...

Fluoride is a salt compound that forms when the element, fluorine, combines with minerals in water, soil or rocks. It most commonly occurs naturally as calcium fluoride in seawater. Fluorine is present in minute amounts in nearly every human tissue, but primarily in the teeth and bones. There are two types: Sodium fluoride, which is commonly added to municipal drinking water, increases the density of bone but also the brittleness. The sodium fluoride added to our water supply is a bi-product of aluminium; an industrial waste that is toxic and difficult to digest. Although it is commonly added to water as a...

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