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EMERGENCY DISASTER PREPAREDNESS TIP:WATER IN A BOX STORES FOR FIVE YEARS

 LOS ANGELES, April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- "Stored water does not last forever. Those who buy bottled water in plastic bottles find it has a shelf life of little more than six months," noted Christina Hurn, president of St. Thomas Beverage Inc.
 This limited shelf life of normally packaged water is the paramount reason that Hurn has introduced drinking water "In a Box" with a shelf life of five years.
 "Our AquaBlox(TM) is the first aseptically packaged drinking water in a box developed in North America and the most convenient form of drinking water available," noted Hurn.
 "It is `purified' meaning the water contains less than 10 parts per million of total dissolved solids (tds), i.e. minerals.
 "Purified water is compulsory for the emergency sector since anyone can use it, even heart and high blood pressure patients who are often restricted from drinking tap or mineral water.
 "An adequate long-term water supply is the most important item for residents nationwide to stock at home, in their car and at their place of work for emergencies.
 "Water should be the cornerstone of all emergency supplies as we all prepare for natural disasters that hit us unannounced. California residents have earthquakes on their mind. Those in the Gulf states and Eastern Seaboard have to deal with hurricanes and tropical storms. The Midwest can be the victim of tornadoes," noted Hurn.
 "AquaBlox is one of the most practical, compact and convenient solutions to a major life or death problem resulting from the lack of readily available emergency water supplies," noted Henry Johnson, 20-year service veteran with the Los Angeles City Fire Department and Emmy Award-winning co-producer of the PBS earthquake preparedness video, "Surviving the Big One."
 The "water in a box" is "commercially sterile"; that means there is no viable microbial growth present. The commercially sterile quality of the water makes it a perfect tool for first aid and ensures its safe consumption after extended storage. The package contains 8.45 fluid ounces of drinking water.
 When queried about why the AquaBlox aseptic package was different from juice products packaged in similar-looking packages, Hurn noted, "All asepctic packages have six layers of laminates. AquaBlox has seven layers. The seventh layer is an extra `water-paper' liner that prevents water molecules from touching the aluminum layer and causing erosion due to water's neutral pH.
 "This special lining also maintains AquaBlox fresh taste years after it has been packed," she added.
 "To prepare for natural disasters from California to Florida, it is crucial that residents have adequate drinking water in their homes," pointed out Johnson.
 "Since Californians almost `live in their cars,' it is important to have drinking water in the trunk, too. In the recent San Francisco earthquake, many were stranded for hours in their cars when freeways were impassable.
 "Having drinking water on hand will prevent dehydration by stranded motorists.
 "All of us tend to think about storing water in our home or garage. But, since bottled water has only about a six-month shelf life we get tired of always buying new water. The net result usually is we have no drinkable water stored at home. This is where the AquaBlox water in a box is so great. You buy it. And it can be stored for five years and is still drinkable," noted Johnson.
 "Johnson's 20 years of duty dealing with major emergencies has prompted him to become affiliated with Santa Barbara-based Emergency Management Consulting as a training and safety specialist. Johnson and his group respond to emergency and training across the country. City and state government agencies as well as companies are enlisting the talents of these emergency situation specialists," added Hurn.
 "The water in the box is finding appeal among schools, businesses and government agencies developing emergency earthquake supplies. The product also is being well received by sports enthusiasts, by parents for children's lunches and for thirsty babies," spokesmen for the company noted.
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 /CONTACT: Christina Hurn, president of St. Thomas Beverage, 310-803-6277; or Bob Strock of Corporate Network, 213-776-1009, for St. Thomas Beverage/


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