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Dear Editor: Supermarkets must understand the Tru Valu of drinking water

“[…] As a regular shopper at the Trincity Mall branch of Tru Valu Grand Market, I have observed within recent months that cases of bottled water are stacked against the clear glass pane on the western side of the grocery store. 

“Every day, these cases of bottled water are exposed to hours of heat as the sunlight beams through the glass pane on its westward destination and directly onto the cases of bottled water…”

The following Letter to the Editor on the storage of drinking water at the Tru Valu supermarket in Trincity Mall was submitted to Wired868 by Roger Mohammed:

Photo: Have a drink…

Water, as we know, is one of the most precious commodities on planet earth. It is widely accepted that drinking at least eight glasses of water per day is beneficial to one’s health. 

However, if drinking water is contaminated, it can do more harm than good. As a regular shopper at the Trincity Mall branch of Tru Valu Grand Market, I have observed within recent months that cases of bottled water are stacked against the clear glass pane on the western side of the grocery store. 

Every day, these cases of bottled water are exposed to hours of heat as the sunlight beams through the glass pane on its westward destination and directly onto the cases of bottled water. Science suggests that when bottled water is exposed to heat for prolonged periods of time, chemicals from the plastic bottles that contain the water gradually seep into the drinking water, which can cause long-term effects to one’s health. 

On several occasions, I expressed my concerns about where these cases of bottled water are stored to three different supervisors who are usually on the floor of the supermarket behind the cashiers. 

Each one of them gave me the same response: they will pass on my concerns to the store manager but he is the one to decide whether the water will be removed or not. 

Photo: A case of bottled water.

Three months later, the water is still in the same position, taking hours of heat from the sun every day. So, I am left with little choice but to pen this letter to the management of the Tru Valu Grand Market, Trincity Mall. 

This grocery is not short on space as it is probably the largest of all the Tru Valu branches. I respectfully suggest that you find some other part of the supermarket to store your bottled water and spare your customers potential health risks.

Editor’s Note: Wired868 tried, unsuccessfully, to contact Tru Valu for a response to Roger Mohammed’s concern. Nobody answered their phone and a recording said the mailbox was full. Click HERE for one article on the potential health implications of storing bottled water in hot areas.

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