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The Facts About Bottled Water and Californias Drought


Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) August 19, 2014

The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) responds to a August 11, 2014 Mother Jones article “Bottled Water Comes From the Most Drought-Ridden Places in the Country,” which incorrectly claimed that the bottled water industry is a major contributor to California’s ongoing drought. “Bottled water companies use a very small amount of water when measured against almost any other industry, are dedicated to responsibly protecting and preserving our vital water resources, and help people live healthier lives,” said IBWA vice president of communications Chris Hogan, who addressed this specific issue in a The Weather Channel interview on August 15th, 2014.

Provided below are the facts about these important issues:

Water and a Healthy Lifestyle

Everyone needs to hydrate; that is a fact. Hydrating with water is not only one of the healthiest practices, it is also the most efficient from a water use standpoint. Drinking water, whether tap or bottled, uses the least amount of water to produce compared with any other beverage.

Americans need to drink more water for their health according to nutritionists. Most people drink both tap and bottled water. And 40% of water consumed today is bottled water, thanks to its presence on the shelf next to other beverages. Bottled water is an important source of water for hydration.

Drinking zero-calorie beverages, such as water, is regularly cited as a key component of a more healthful lifestyle. With one-third of American adults being overweight and another one-third obese, bottled water is an important and healthy choice. Bottled water has helped eliminate billions of calories from the diets of Americans who choose it over sugary beverages.

Water Use and Bottled Water Production

The amount of water used for bottling water in the U.S. is very small — less than 0.02% of the total groundwater withdrawn each year. While that figure may vary slightly by location, the amount of water used for bottled water is only a small fraction of overall water use in California, or any other state.

To put it in context, the entire U.S. bottled water market was about 10 billion gallons in 2013. In contrast, the city of Los Angeles goes through that amount of tap water in less than three weeks. According to the UCLA Institute for Environment and Sustainability, at about 80%, agriculture is the largest user of water in the state, followed by urban residential use at 13%.

Most of the bottled water that comes from California water sources is sold in California. In fact, the vast majority of bottled water companies in the U.S. use local water sources and distribute their products to nearby towns and states.

100% of all bottled water is intended for human consumption. However, less than 1% of tap water is actually consumed.

A Strong Environmental Focus

The bottled water industry has a long and deeply-held tradition of effectively and responsibly protecting and managing our vital natural resources. Sustainable, protected, and naturally recharged water sources are the single most important aspect of our business.

The bottled water industry supports comprehensive water resource management that regulates both the quality and quantity of groundwater, treats all users equitably, provides for the sustainability of the resource, is multijurisdictional in nature – as water does not respect the boundary of state lines – and balances the interests and rights of those using this natural resource today and in the future.

Bottled Water Regulation

Bottled water is comprehensively regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and by federal law the FDA regulations governing the safety and quality of bottled water must be at least as stringent as the U.S. Environmental Agency (EPA) standards for tap water. In fact, bottled water regulations are more stringent than tap water standards when it comes to lead levels, coliform bacteria, and E. coli.

All packaged foods and beverage products, including bottled water, have extensive federal labeling requirements. This includes listing the type of water in the container; the ingredients; the name and place of business of the manufacturer, packer, or distributor; the net weight; and, if required, nutrition labeling. In addition, almost all bottled water products have a phone number and/or website address on the label.

Supporting Public Water Systems

The bottled water industry supports a strong public water system, which is important for providing citizens with clean and safe drinking water. In fact, many bottled water companies use public water sources for their purified bottled water products. This tap water then undergoes more quality processes to meet FDA’s standard for purified water. These treatments may include one or more of the following: reverse osmosis, distillation, micro-filtration, carbon filtration, ozonation, and ultraviolet (UV) light. The finished water is then sealed in a bottle under sanitary conditions to preserve its quality.

IBWA strongly endorses the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014. This important new law supports a strong American public water infrastructure and creates the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Authority (WIFIA). This program will provide low-interest federal loans to communities, which will reduce the cost of financing large water and wastewater infrastructure projects.

You can find more information about bottled water at http://www.bottledwater.org.

Media Contact:

Chris Hogan

chogan(at)bottledwater(dot)org

703.647.4609

The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) is the authoritative source of information about all types of bottled waters, including spring, mineral, purified, artesian, and sparkling. Founded in 1958, IBWA’s membership includes U.S. and international bottlers, distributors and suppliers. IBWA is committed to working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates bottled water as a packaged food product, to set comprehensive and stringent standards for safe, high-quality bottled water products.

In addition to FDA regulations, IBWA member bottlers must adhere to the IBWA Bottled Water Code of Practice, which mandates additional standards and practices that in some cases are more stringent than federal and state regulations. A key feature of the IBWA Bottled Water Code of Practice is a mandatory annual plant inspection by an independent, third-party organization.

IBWA is proud to be an active supporter of Drink Up!, an initiative of First Lady Michelle Obama and the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), which encourages Americans to drink more water more often – whether from the tap, a filter, or in a bottle. Choosing water is always the healthy choice.

Consumers can contact IBWA at 1-800-WATER-11 or visit IBWA’s website (http://www.bottledwater.org) for more information about bottled water. Media inquiries can be directed to IBWA Vice President of Communications Chris Hogan at 703-647-4609 or chogan(at)bottledwater(dot)org.







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Former CIA Discuss Social Media Analytics in Denied Areas


London, UK (PRWEB UK) 7 August 2014

SMi Group have worked closely with an array of key military institutions and industry pioneers to host the only military focused social media event in the market . Social Media within the Military and Defence Sector 2014 will feature presentations from AIRBUS, Lockheed Martin, US Department of State, NATO, European Defence Agency plus many more. Click here to see the full speaker line-up and agenda for 2014.

Attendees will also have the chance to hear from Dan Gabriel, CEO from Applied Memetics in his presentation entitled: Digital influence and social media analytics in denied areas as he discusses the USAID ZunZuneo experiment in Cuba and leveraging the politics of revolution in Venezuela.

Mr. Gabriel is a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) counter terrorism officer with 10 years of expertise in countering violent extremism (CVE), directing counter insurgency operations, and developing and benchmarking counter radicalization theory and methodology in the Islamic world. He has served as a senior strategic communications advisor, consultant, and strategist to USG policymakers, civilian/military officials, international media organizations, and foreign governments.

“Governments and organizations today must be well-equipped to manage the information flows and information systems that are vital to protecting their national security, or defending their bottom line. Simultaneously, state and non-state actors around the globe face a similar major challenge: harnessing the evolution of new, pervasive and powerful information and communication technologies. Recent unrest in the Arab world, facilitated by these same trends, has underscored the need for governments to incorporate holistic approaches to governance in an age of social media”. – Dan Gabriel, CEO from Applied Memetics, Former CIA

Confirmed attendees so far include:

Applied Memetics, British Forces Broadcasting Service, Department of Defense Social Media, Department Of State, EADS, ESG GmbH, EU Naval Force Somalia Operation Atalanta, European Commission, European Defence Agency, Fieldcraft Studios, Finnish Defence Forces, IBM UK, King’s College London, LGEOResearch, Lockheed Martin, M&C Saatchi, Market Wired, UK MOD, NATO HQ, Norwegian National Security Authority, Royal Danish Defence College, SHRM, Stada Arzneimittel, Swedish Armed Forces, Texifter LLC, The Royal British Legion, U.S. Army Installation Management Command Europe, plus many more…

For further details on his presentation and to see the full speaker line-up, visit http://www.military-socialmedia.com

Social Media within the Defence and Military Sector 2014

17-18 November, Marriott Hotel Regents Park

http://www.military-socialmedia.com

#milsocialmedia

About SMi Group:

Established since 1993, the SMi Group is a global event-production company that specializes in Business-to-Business Conferences, Workshops, Masterclasses and online Communities. We create and deliver events in the Defence, Security, Energy, Utilities, Finance and Pharmaceutical industries. We pride ourselves on having access to the world?s most forward thinking opinion leaders and visionaries, allowing us to bring our communities together to Learn, Engage, Share and Network. We hold events in over 30 major cities throughout the world including London, Paris and Singapore and to date have welcomed over 200,000 participants from 80 countries.

More information can be found at http://www.smi-online.co.uk.







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Susan Fraser Recognized by Worldwide Branding for Excellence in Relocation and Operations Management


Aurora, Colorado (PRWEB) July 11, 2014

This week, Graebel Movers, Inc. vice president of client relations, Susan E. Fraser CRP, GMS was recognized by Worldwide Branding as a VIP for her exceptional leadership and excellence in relocation management. From its more than 600,000 membership Worldwide Branding honors members for their outstanding achievements annually. Worldwide Branding is an invitation-only company created to enable professionals to reach their career goals, by highlighting their achievements.

With nearly four decades in the relocation and moving industry, Fraser’s expertise in account management and customer service spans global relocation, mobility services and vendor management, contract negotiation, process improvement and team building. Currently, she is responsible for the customer service oversight of the Company’s household goods moving and storage services for its Fortune 500, Global 100 and government clients. In addition, Fraser heads the U.S.-based client relationship management team.

Fraser has attributed success to her passion for the relocation industry, and as well as the recruitment, retention and mentoring of great talent. When asked about future goals she stated, “I believe that establishing a daily, professional goal that is aimed at making a difference in the lives of my team and our customers is vital in the achievement of the successful mobilization of our clients’ workforce, and in exceeding everyone’s expectations.”

A Worldwide ERC® (WERC), Certified Relocation Professional® (CRP) and Global Mobility Specialist® (GMS), Fraser is also an active member of the Society of Human Resource Management® (SHRM), and the Pacific Northwest Relocation Council (PNwRC).

About Worldwide Branding

For over 15 years, Worldwide Branding has been the leading, one-stop-shop, personal branding company, both in the United States and abroad. From writing professional biographies and press releases, to creating and driving traffic to personal websites, their team of branding experts tailor each product specifically for its client’s needs. The company is dedicated to empowering its 600,000 clients with effective branding tools to help them achieve success. From healthcare to finance to education and law, its constituents represent every major industry and occupation, at all career levels.

An International company, the company provides its members with access to members in over 52 countries including, the United States, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, France, The Netherlands, Germany, Ireland, Spain, Switzerland, South Africa, Belgium, Mexico, Italy, Brazil, Sweden and The United Arab Emirates, just to name a few.

Headquartered on Long Island, its team comprises more than 100 staff members and spans 10 key departments. http://www.worldwidebranding.com

About Graebel Movers, Inc.

Graebel Movers, Inc. is a division of Graebel Companies, Inc., a privately-held global relocation and moving services organization. With its World Headquarters in Aurora, Colorado, Graebel Movers, Inc. operates 32 moving and storage facilities from coast to coast in the U.S. These centers provide origin and destination household goods moving services, storage, commercial office relocation and workplace services for area firms and consumers, and the Company’s Fortune 500 and Global 100 clients. To learn more, visit: http://www.graebel.com.

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Airbus Helicopters Inc. Announces New Financing Plans for Law Enforcement and Public Agency Aircraft Upgrades

Grand Prairie, TX (PRWEB) July 11, 2014

Airbus Helicopters Inc. (AHI) is pleased to announce that Government Capital Corp. will provide tax-exempt financing for mission equipment technology upgrades and required major maintenance for law enforcement and government-owned AS350-series helicopters. Government Capital, based in Southlake, Texas, has extensive experience providing financing to public agencies.

In addition, Precision Aviation Services, of Peachtree City, Ga., AHI’s newest service center, will work with Government Capital and public agencies to provide aircraft systems and avionics upgrades, conduct AS350 12-year airframe inspections and install new mission equipment to enhance the performance of the older helicopters in use with public agencies.

“Many of our law enforcement customers continue to operate their aircraft beyond 10 years, and we wanted to identify a new way for public agencies to pay for important mission equipment upgrades without breaking the budget,” said Ed Van Winkle, AHI Sales Manager for Airborne Law Enforcement. “This innovative program will revolutionize how law enforcement agencies pay for major aircraft upgrades and inspections.”

“This new financing program allows a law enforcement agency the simplicity of bundling their needs into one tax-exempt financing agreement,” said DC Greer, Vice President of Government Capital. “This allows the agency to spread payments over a period of time, creating affordability and maintaining the critical services performed by the agency.”

“Precision Aviation Services (PAS) is pleased to be working with Airbus Helicopters Inc. and Government Capital on this industry-leading initiative” said Adrienne Robinson, Vice President Business Development for Precision Aviation Group (PAG). “Enabling law enforcement agencies to effectively manage their operating budgets is a key to performing upgrades to keep aircraft in optimal condition. Managing maintenance costs, especially on larger inspections and maintenance items can be challenging. When agencies upgrade their equipment and have the latest technologies in thermal imagers, searchlights, tactical radios, NVG cockpits and systems such as the Garmin G500H, HELI-SAS and EGPWS, not only can they meet or exceed their operation requirements, but they also address safety and fatigue of aircraft pilots and crew.”

Airbus Helicopters’ AS350-series is the most widely used helicopter by U.S. law enforcement agencies with more than 220 in use across the country. Built and certified by Airbus Helicopters Inc. in Columbus, Miss., this cost-effective helicopter offers modern safety features, high cruise speed and range, and the ability to conduct a wide range of missions. AHI leads the U.S. market in sales of new helicopters to federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, maintaining a 56 percent market share over the last decade.

Airbus Helicopters Inc. will display an Oklahoma Department of Public Safety AS350B3e at Booth 811 during the Airborne Law Enforcement Association Conference in Phoenix, July 16-19.

About Airbus Helicopters Inc.

Airbus Helicopters Inc. (AHI) is the U.S. affiliate of Airbus Helicopters, the largest helicopter manufacturer in the world, and a subsidiary of the Airbus Group. Airbus Helicopters Inc. is a manufacturer, markets, sells and supports the broadest range of civil and parapublic helicopters offered in the U.S. The product line represents the industry’s most cost-effective, technologically-advanced helicopters serving all markets and missions. The company’s headquarters and main facility are in Grand Prairie, Texas with a large manufacturing and production facility in Columbus, Miss.

http://www.airbushelicoptersinc.com

About Government Capital Corp.

Government Capital Corp., located in Southlake, Texas, is a leader in providing professional financing services to local government entities. Since 1992, Government Capital and Government Capital Securities have successfully completed thousands of equipment and project financings for municipal issuers across the U.S. totalling more than $ 2 billion dollars. For more information: http://www.govcap.com.

About Precision Aviation Services (PAS)

PAS, a Precision Aviation Group company, is an Airbus Helicopters Authorized Service Center located in Peachtree City, Ga. With factory trained technicians, PAS offers 24/7 AOG support, mobile field service, avionics upgrades and modifications, and ongoing maintenance at its two hangars. PAS stocks many Airbus Helicopters parts and components including critical high demand items. PAS is also a dealer for more than 80 avionics products including systems from Garmin, L3 Avionics, Avidyne, Technisonic Industries, Cobham, Honeywell and Rockwell Collins. For more information: http://www.precisionaviationservices.com.







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Mater Recieves Ongoing Support From Gold Coast Finance and Property Company Boston One

Gold Coast Australia (PRWEB) July 12, 2014

With a child of their own born 2 months premature it is something that lies close to the hearts of Travis and Rochelle Miller. The staff at Boston One have also contributed to this worthy cause as awareness continues to grow.

“Without the staff and the facilities at The Mater we don’t know what we would have done,” said Travis Miller. The advanced ventilation and feeding technology allows for the vast majority of babies born at as young as 28 weeks, allows them to not only survive, but to grow up and become as healthy as their friends.

The donations provide invaluable development to new technology to save babies born even earlier. It’s a challenge that the research teams are determined to overcome. If you wish to donate, please contact The Mater Foundation on 07 3163 8000 or online at http://www.materfoundation.org.au.







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