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Firms to sell deep-sea water as drinking water, aquaculture use

TAIWAN - Several Taiwan companies, eyeing the health benefits of deep-ocean water, plan to sell deep-sea water as drinking water, the Water Resources Agency (WRA) said on Wednesday.</b> <br><br> ``Several companies plan to sell the deep-sea water retrieved from Pacific Ocean as drinking water, and use it for aquaculture, the pharmaceutical industry and spas,&#39;&#39; Chen Shen-hsien said. <br> ``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 minerals and nutrition,&#39;&#39; he said. <br><br> Deep-sea water refers to water 200 metres under the sea surface. Taiwan commands a unique geographical location for utilizing deep-sea water because just 50 kilometres off Taiwan&#39;s east coast the seabed drops to a depth of 4 kilometres. <br><br> At least three companies have laid pipes to retrieve deep-sea water to sell it as bottled water after desalination. <br><br> <i>Source: Bangkok Post</i>

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