Several Taiwanese companies, eyeing the health benefits of deep-ocean water, plan to sell deep-sea water as drinking water, the Water Resources Agency said yesterday.
"Several companies plan to sell deep-sea water retrieved from the Pacific Ocean as drinking water, and use it for aquaculture and in medical treatments and spas," Chen Shen-hsien (
"Bottled deep-sea water will appear on the market in November. It will become a popular drink because deep-sea water is bacteria-free and is rich in nutrition," he said.
Deep-sea water refers to water 200m under the sea surface. Taiwan commands a unique geographical location for utilizing deep-sea water because just 50km off Taiwan's east coast the seabed drops to a depth of 4km.
Three companies have laid pipes to retrieve deep-sea water to sell it as bottled water after desalination.
Pacific Marine Biotech Corp (
"We plan to start selling deep-sea water in 20 liter and 500cc bottles in November. The price will be higher than bottled water or mineral water because deep-sea water has more health benefits," the company's marketing manager Hung Yin-yin told reporters.
Hung said deep-sea water can help boost the immune system, relieve stress and prevent cardio-vascular diseases.
"Those who have tasted deep-sea water said that it leaves a sweet taste in their throat after having drunk the water. You don't get that from drinking mineral water," she said.
The Taiwan Fertilizer Co (
"Several foreign cosmetic companies, including Japan's Shu Uimura which has been purchased by L'Oreal of France, have asked to buy deep-sea water from us," Chung Chi-tung (