Some Perspective

Montana Artesian Water respects the resource

Our proposed process is not only extraordinarily efficient when compared to other packaged beverages, it’s respectful of the resource, and it provides a far healthier product than other packaged beverage alternatives.

It is important to understand that food and agriculture are the largest consumers of water, requiring one hundred times more than we use for personal needs. Up to 70 % of the water we take from rivers and groundwater goes into irrigation, about 10% is used in domestic applications and 20% in industry.

Montanans recognize the importance of water to agriculture, to industry, to recreation, to wildlife and to our individual quality of life. Many of us, however, may not understand some of the finer details regarding our consumptive habits with this precious resource.

For instance, wheat is Montana’s number one export, with nearly 75% being exported to Asian markets. But did you know that it takes about 150 gallons of water to produce one pound of wheat?

What about other agricultural products exported from the Flathead? It takes:

  • Approximately 35 gallons of water to produce one pound of peppermint,
  • 140 gallons to produce a pound of stone fruit (such as peaches, plums and cherries), and
  • Well over 2,500 gallons to produce a pound of beef.

What about packaged beverages?

  • Just over two (2) liters of water are required to produce a liter of soda (and over 70 liters if the production of sugar beets is included).
  • A pint of beer needs four to five pints of water for the brewing process (or over 475 pints when accounting for the production of grains).
  • Wine demands 4.7 liters per liter, and
  • Hard alcohol requires over 34 liters of water for every liter of liquor produced.

Bottled water takes just under 1.4 liters of water per liter packaged.

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