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Sources of Water

Icebergs for Illuliaq in Illulisat Bay, Greenland

An exciting new source for bottled water is melted ice from icebergs. Most icebergs in the North Atlantic Ocean come from the major glaciers of West Greenland. Around 10,000 to 15,000 icebergs are calved each year from the range between the Humboldt and Sermeq Kujalleq glaciers in Ilulissat. Each day calving is equal to the total consumption and utilization of water in New York for a whole year. The argument that harvesting icebergs harms the environment is nonsense for reasons of scale and the overlooked fact that the iceberg will ultimately melt into the Atlantic anyway.

Iceberg water being four to fifteen thousand-year-old rain/snow is very soft and neutral in taste, similar to contemporary rainwater. Collecting the ice is done by boats, and it is essential to select the right ice, ice that has never been melted and refrozen, as such ice would contain impurities. The harvesting process is vital for the quality of the water, and it is crucial to pay attention to how the ice is collected and melted. Iceberg water has a great story and is also ideal for making ice cubes for extraordinary cocktails.