The water of Kirkland’s purified water: No, it’s not free
When a company called Kirkland purifies water, you’re probably thinking, “How does it even work?”
The company produces and distributes purified water for restaurants, hotels, and retail businesses.
But what does the company actually do with the purified water?
Kirkland says that the purified product is used for cooking, for disinfection, and for “enhancing the appearance of our water”.
The company also says that it is not used for human consumption and that its water is not meant to be used for medicinal purposes.
The company is owned by the city of Kirklands, and it has a partnership with the city to produce and distribute the purified Water.
But Kirkland said that its “distillation process is a pure water system, not a pure drinking water system”.
The process, which Kirkland calls “water purification,” is not completely unique.
The process of using water from wells and rain forests to purify water, for example, has been around for hundreds of years.
“This process is still very much a part of the natural process,” Kirkland spokesperson Ashley Johnson told me.
Kirkland does not claim to have perfected the process, but Johnson says that its process is “a very sophisticated and efficient process”.
It’s not just Kirkland, either.
The US Food and Drug Administration is looking into whether Kirkland is using the process in a way that is unsafe, Johnson said.
The federal government has also launched an investigation into Kirkland after a federal judge questioned whether the company had complied with a federal law that regulates the use of certain drugs and devices.
Kirklands representatives did not respond to requests for comment.
It is also unclear what effect the federal investigation has had.
Kirklanders spokesperson Johnson said that the company does not use its purified water to make pharmaceuticals or other drugs that are “designed to treat conditions other than those that caused the illness”.
“As with any pharmaceuticals, we are testing all our products to ensure they do not cause an adverse reaction to the user or other users,” Johnson said in a statement.
Kirk lands CEO, Robert McDonough, told the Washington Post that the city has “a lot of control” over how the company is used and that the process is done with care.
He added that Kirkland would “continue to strive to provide quality water to our customers” as well as “make our water safe”.
“We have a very strict policy in place that requires all of our facilities to follow,” he said.
“We do not use our purified water in any way to make anything other than the water we provide.”
Kirkland spokesman Johnson said Kirkland has “very strict” policies in place and that Kirklands purified water is “for the use and enjoyment of its customers.”
“This is a clean water system that we’re proud to have,” Johnson told the Post.
“It is not a health care product or anything like that.
It’s for the customers, it is for the environment, it has nothing to do with anything else.”
This is not the first time that Kirklanders purified water has been in controversy.
Earlier this year, the company received a $7 million settlement from the US Environmental Protection Agency for its use of arsenic in a test it ran in 2010.
The EPA found that arsenic in Kirkland purified bottled water was a probable carcinogen, according to an EPA news release.
Kirklons purified water had been found to contain arsenic in samples taken from more than 20 restaurants and bars.
Kirk Lands bottled water has a “safe” level of arsenic of 0.04 parts per million, according EPA.
In an email, Kirkland told me that it does not “adhere to any standard that requires its purified drinking water to contain more than a safe amount of arsenic.”
But it did admit that the water has arsenic levels that exceed the EPA’s standard of 0,005 parts per billion, according the EPA.
“The amount of excess arsenic in our water does not pose a health risk to customers or to anyone else, and therefore is safe for consumption,” Kirklands spokesperson Johnson told us.