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  1. Drinking Water Scams by Southern Region Drinking Water Program Team

  2. Objective To make people more aware of the various types of scams associated with drinking water so that they can better recognize a scam or potential scam and know how to deal with it.

  3. What is a Drinking Water Scam?

  4. Who is Susceptible to Scams?

  5. Water: A Very Unusual Substance and it has Held Great Mystery for Humans Since Early Times

  6. History of Water-Related Scams

  7. Many Scams Now Internet-Based

  8. Snake Oil and Other Quack Products were Real and Such Products are Still with Us Today

  9. Examples of Past Water Scams • Medical use of hydrotherapy • Drinking radon or radium water

  10. From Hot-Springs Therapy to Radium and Radon Water

  11. For that Healthy Glow Drink Radiation

  12. Radon or Radium Water Devices

  13. Radium Water from Pills

  14. Radon Water from Liquid Concentrate

  15. First Bottled Water Scam

  16. Modern Day Drinking Water Scams • Bottled water scams • Health quackery scams • Water treatment scams • Water testing scams • Water supply scams

  17. Bottled Water Industry and Associated Scams • All bottled water is not a scam • Fraudulent vendor claims are scams • Deception by sales persons are scams • Special formulations are often scams

  18. The Bottled Water Industry

  19. The Growing Bottled Water Industry

  20. New Bottled Water Promotions Designer Labeling

  21. Bottled Water—the Good • It is convenient and portable • It is a good diet drink • Healthier than many drinks containing sugar, caffeine and other additives • Fits special niches (some are scams)

  22. Bottled Water—the Bad • It is very expensive in comparison to tap water • It is not necessarily better than most tap water • It is not necessarily safer than most tap water • Some niche uses are scams • It is associated with many health quackery scams • It is associated with push for global privatization

  23. Bottled Water and Health Quackery • Bottled water is tied to many health quackery scams • Structure-altered or clustered water • Special oxygenated forms of water • Specialized mineral waters • Alkaline, ionic or ionized water • Special energized forms of water • Treated with magnetism • Treated with some form of light • Treated with sound waves • Treated with electricity in some way • Treated with a special catalyst • Naturally occurring (some remote area)

  24. Bottled Water Health Quackery Scams Oxygenated water nonsense

  25. More on Oxygenated Water Scams Special oxygenated and clustered water found in nature

  26. More Oxygenated Bottled Water Scams Super-oxygenated water – just a super scam

  27. Need a Mineral Supplement, Order it in Your Bottled Water Special mineral water for any element you desire

  28. Other Bottled Water Scams Water for special niches (some are scams)

  29. Other Bottled Water Scams More health quackery nonsense—catalyst altered water

  30. Where Bottled Water is Going Driving interest in global privatization and international vending sales

  31. Two Categories of Water Treatment Scams 1. Those convincing consumers to purchase treatment devices that do not work 2. Those convincing consumers to purchase treatment devices they do not need There are scams associated with remedying both health and nuisance problems

  32. Water Treatment and Health Quackery Scams • Devices that produce oxygenated, super-oxygenated or antioxidant water • Devices that produce special structure-altered or special clustered water • Devices that produce alkaline or ionic forms of water • Devices that produce water with some special form of energy or other magical properties

  33. Oxy-Plus Water Treatment Devices

  34. Bottled Water or Treatment Device Health Quackery Scams

  35. Health Quackery Treatment Scams Devices for producing water with micro-clusters

  36. Ionic Devices/Alkaline Water

  37. Ionizer for the Faucet

  38. Health Quackery Treatment Scams • The Bio-Alkalizer for around $1500

  39. Health Quackery Treatment Scams There are several opinions as to just what bio-water is. The main thing is that it is a scam.

  40. More Water Treatment Nonsense The magic of magnetism Catalyst altered water

  41. Magnetic Water Treatment Nonsense

  42. More Pseudoscience Health Quackery • Blue water revitalizer • The silver water kit

  43. Specially Energized Water

  44. Other Health-Related Water Treatment Scams Scare Tactics: The hazards of chlorination and fluoridation

  45. Anti Fluoridation Movement

  46. Nuisance-Related Water Treatment Scams • Often associated with water testing scams • Treatment needs are often misrepresented on the Internet • Unscrupulous sales reps often rely on a consumer’s ignorance of water treatment • A sales rep may even utilize Consumer Confidence Reports to aid in selling treatment devices • Installed treatment systems can sometimes cause problems • Very expensive treatment systems may come with an expensive maintenance agreement or no maintenance agreement at all

  47. Three Types of Water Testing Scams • On-site demonstration tricks • Misinterpretation of lab test results • Fake lab test results

  48. Magnetic Water Conditioners for Treating Scale and Hard Water

  49. Reducing Cluster Size to Prevent Scaling