A Midwest favorite, maple trees are famous for their exceptional fall color and for making maple syrup.
Maple Forest A Midwest favorite, maple trees are famous for their exceptional fall color and for making maple syrup. © Steve S. Meyer

Asarasi Sparkling Tree Water

Forests: Living taps

The Link Between Forests and Fresh Water

Getting a glass of water can be as simple as turning on the tap, making it easy to take our fresh water supply for granted. But as those in drought-stricken areas or underserved cities can tell you, this vital resource—like the natural world around us—deserves much more attention. A glass of clean water depends greatly on the health of surrounding natural areas, like forests.   

More than half of U.S. fresh water comes from forests  

From the tree canopy all the way down to root systems, every part of a forest plays a critical role in cleaning, storing and protecting our water supply. Tree canopies of large forests influence rainfall patterns across the globe. They produce moisture in the atmosphere, known as “rivers in the sky,” that fall as rain locally and thousands of miles away.  

The root systems of forests help anchor nutrients and sediment in the ground, keeping them from polluting nearby freshwater systems. Forests also slow down the rate of runoff from rainfall, helping to lessen the risk of flooding, and giving water a chance to absorb into the local groundwater systems.   

Against a West Virginia waterfall
Drinking water Against a West Virginia waterfall © Mark Godfrey & Kent Mason

One of the most critical ways forests protect our water supply, is by providing and filtering fresh drinking water. Trees collect and filter water, slowly releasing it into rivers and streams while removing some impurities. The end result: cleaner, more abundant water for communities and surrounding ecosystems.   

TNC is working to restore and protect  forests through the Plant a Billion Trees (PBT) campaign which will help keep urban water sources reliable and clean for years to come. It’s more than simply putting trees in the ground – it’s ensuring the right trees are in the right places and protecting them so that the forests can thrive for future generations.  

Each year, up to one billion gallons of pure, naturally filtered water is harmlessly extracted from living maple trees, which was previously discarded.

Up-close view of sugar maple leaves.
Sugar Maple Leaves Up-close view of sugar maple leaves. © Superior National Forest

Tapping Into Trees

Known not only for their beautiful and recognizable leaves—verdant green in spring and summer, a brief golden yellow and then bright red before dropping off in fall—maple trees are also farmed for their sugary sap. Tapping into tree sap gives us the maple syrup we know and love, as well as a lesser-known product: pure, fresh, filtered water. 

One company is making the connection between trees and water as clear as freshly filtered glass of H2O. The Nature Conservancy has partnered with Asarasi Sparkling Tree Water to raise awareness about the link between forests and fresh water and to support both TNC’s reforestation work through the PBT campaign and protection of the Colorado River Basin.   

A tap on a maple tree
Tree Tapping A tap on a maple tree © Asarasi Sparkling Tree Water

Each year, up to one billion gallons of pure, naturally filtered water is harmlessly extracted from living maple trees, which was previously discarded until Asarasi found a productive way to use the water. This amount of water could fully replace the bottled water industry that exists today. 

Tree Tap Lines
Tree Tap Lines Tree tap lines on maple trees at Spragues Maple Farm © Asarasi Sparkling Tree Water
Tree Water
Tree Water Processing tree water at Spragues Maple Farm © Asarasi Sparkling Tree Water

Asarasi has made it its mission to raise awareness with consumers about drinking water more responsibly and activating individuals to take steps to consider the source of their bottled water and how it impacts ground water reserves, creating a more sustainable and eco-conscious world.  

Across the globe, we’re facing issues of water scarcity. Looking to trees can help provide both immediate and long-term solutions to protect our water supply and to make clean water more accessible for all.   

Learn more about TNC's partnership with Asarasi.  

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