Next, Wright discussed tap water safety. “Why,” she asked, “don’t we think they clean it to the purest drinking form?” A distributor answered: “It costs money.” Wright agreed:

We probably already pay enough in taxes, and it would just cost a lot more to make sure that all of our water that is supplied to us in our homes is suitable for drinking. … Most of the water that is supplied to your home is not used for drinking. … And so, the solution then would be to clean just the water that you’re going to drink. And since the city can’t do that for us at this time, we need to be aware of how we can best do that.

Wright told us that the solution to tap-water problems is Nature’s Spring 2, an NSP water treatment system retailing for $520. In a video presentation that followed, the narrator described it as “an easy-to-use countertop unit designed to help ensure that the water you drink is the way nature intended it to be.” A distributor in my row informed Wright that she had had her tap water tested and that “the results were really shocking.” She said the sample had contained fecal matter and had been “very toxic, very high in metals, very high in lead.” I later observed this distributor washing down some pills with what she said was “Nature’s Spring” water. She had brought a gallon container of it with her.

“The difference in the taste — that’s kind of interesting,” Wright said. “It does to me taste a lot better because I’m used to it now. But when we first bought our Nature’s Spring unit, I put the regular tap water and then the Nature’s Spring clean water in two different cups, and I had my husband taste it to see which one he liked better; and he picked the one that was regular tap water.”

Another distributor expressed concern over the quantity of water potentially wasted — four to nine gallons per gallon of treated water, according to Wright.

Wright replied that “it’s certainly up to the individual if you want to retain that water and use it for other things that you normally use water for,” and supported use of the unit:

You can think of it … in the content [sic] of: you’re using this [potentially wasted] water to clean the water that you need for your body. You’ll wash your vegetables when you come home from the produce store. You’ll wash your fruit that you eat. … So you’re always washing things for your body. What about washing the water for the inside of your body? That’s the important place to start.