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Is Arrowhead Water Bad For You?



Short answer

Arrowhead Mountain Spring water is an excellent source of bottled water with a long history of serving North Americans.



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Long answer

Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water originates from numerous mountain springs that occur naturally in California, Colorado, and Canada.  The name, Arrowhead, came from a natural rock formation shaped like a giant arrowhead in the San Bernardino Mountains.  According to Native American lore, the pointed shape formation was burned into the mountain by an arrow that fell from heaven.  The unusual formation pointed directly to the healing hot springs.  The original source of Arrowhead water is the adjacent springs and streams.

The Arrowhead Springs Company dates back to 1909 when it was formed and the sale of water began in Southern California. Originally, the water was transported by rail in glass-lined cars.  In 1929, Arrowhead merged with another water producer, Puritas. Arrowhead joined with Nestle brands in 1987.

The first recorded documentation of Arrowhead springs was found in the records of the Mission San Gabriel Arcangel priests, dating back to 1820.  The Arrowhead waters became known for their curative powers in the 1880s when water from the springs was used in the treatment of patients who had tuberculosis and other ailments.  By the early 1900s, the hot springs had become a popular tourist and vacation resort.

The springs used to obtain Arrowhead water are selected based on availability, natural composition, taste, and freedom from contamination.  Geologists continually monitor the springs for quality.  The water is collected using the most up-to-date equipment to ensure freshness and preserve its natural composition while ensuring it remains free from contamination.

After collection, the water is subject to a 2-stage micro-filtration process, then disinfected with an ultraviolet light and ozone process.  There are no additives to Arrowhead water, but it contains the naturally occurring minerals calcium, potassium, magnesium, fluoride, and sodium.  The filtration methods used by Arrowhead and most bottled water companies, particularly those in which ozone is added, have been shown to create purified water with a pH level slightly below neutral – more acidic than currently recommended.  The pH of Arrowhead water is 6.83.

Arrowhead water is bottled in bottles made from PET #1 plastic and is BPA-free.


  • thorough filtration
  • uses only high-quality streams, free of contamination
  • geologist monitored
  • bpa-free
  • long history of quality

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Written by DeeAnne Oldham
Published on: 03-03-2016
Last updated: 12-01-2023

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Written by DeeAnne Oldham
Published on: 03-03-2016
Last updated: 12-01-2023

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