Our Health

Let’s take a closer look at where drinking water comes from and its impact on our health. The topic is complicated, but we have provided the basics along with links to other informational resources. 

Core Concerns

  1. Air and water are absolutely essential for our survival. As is commonly reported, we can live for up to 3 weeks without food, but we cannot survive more than 3 days without water. Almost one fifth of the world’s population (1.2 billion people) live in areas where water is physically scarce and access is limited. 
  2. For those of us who are fortunate enough to have access to drinking water, in many cases the purity of that water has become severely compromised. 

Where has your water been?

You may be thinking, “Well, those stats don’t apply to me; I only drink bottled water.” Or, “I drink filtered tap water at work.” Unfortunately, even those methods of obtaining water can be flawed.

Here is a brief look at the most common drinking water sources, through a revealing lens.

Containers delivered by truck

Let's explore the average lifecycle of water that is dispensed from a 5-gallon bottle:

Individual plastic bottles

Despite the convenience and ubiquity of single-serve plastic bottles in our society, a greater focus needs to be directed toward the quality of water that we are drinking out of those plastic bottles. To develop a better understanding, we investigated the current issues:

Filtered tap water at your work or home

Unfiltered tap water

How Skywell is Different

The Skywell represents an entirely new way of acquiring drinking water. Skywell water doesn’t come from groundwater, plastic bottles, or your city’s lead pipes. It comes from the air.

Another fundamental difference is the Skywell’s filtration system, which employs several types of filters, working in concert to maintain purity (To learn more about the Skywell, see our How it Works section.)

Who’s responsible for our water?

In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are responsible for the safety of our drinking water. The FDA regulates bottled water, while the EPA regulates public drinking water (tap water). The FDA sets standards for bottled water based on the EPA’s standards. 

Resources for further discovery

We urge you to do your own research. As a starting point, here are several sources:


1 Schecter A, Malik N, Haffner D, et al. Bisphenol A (BPA) in U.S. food. Environmental science & technology. 2010;44(24):9425-30.

2 Environmental Working Group

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