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The largest deep sea bottling plant in the world

By Duane Shimogawa - bio | email

KONA (HawaiiNewsNow) - One of the greatest concerns throughout the world is the lack of fresh drinking water. Although most of our planet is made up of water, only roughly three percent is fresh and only about one percent of it is drinkable.

But one local company is going deep to bring us more of this disappearing and precious resource.

In 2002, Koyo USA made a $60-million investment in building a water processing plant and bottle manufacturing facility. It produces 600 bottles per minute and has the capability to produce 750,000 bottles per day. They claim to be the largest deep sea bottling plant in the world.

From 3,000 feet below the surface near the Kona Coast, comes the deepest deep-sea drinking water in the world.

But it not only goes deep, it also goes healthy.

"Not just your average bottle of water, it's a health drink, it's got minerals and no contaminants," Plant manager Larry Visocky said.

The deep sea water used for Mahalo Bottled Drinking Water is not only cold, it's very old. It takes up to 2,000 years for the water to travel all the way to a special "water rejuvenation zone" just off the coast of Kona.

From there, it's pumped into an ultra-modern processing facility, where excess sea salt is removed. It is then tested for purity and content.

"We blend the small amount of salt sea minerals back in to supplement the bodies need for these trace elements that we can get from water that deep," Visocky said.

Koyo USA also uses the water to cool its building, which sits in a hot lava field.

"The Natural Energy Lab park has a pipeline that goes through," Visocky said. "All the tenants use the water in some way shape or form, growing lobsters, algae. We are a completely unique product in the world, I mean there's nowhere else in the world that's really doing this kind of thing."

Koyo USA primarily sells its water to Japan and other parts of Asia. But it can also be found in the U.S., as it's the first 100 percent deep sea drinking water approved for sale here.

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