Seltzer Works


Believe it or not, there was a time when you could not just make sparkling water at home. Long before Sodastream, households across New York received their weekly shipments of fresh seltzer via deliverymen, just like we used to get milk and eggs (and how many of you have started getting veggies once again).

Today, there is just one seltzer deliveryman left in Brooklyn, down from several thousand 100 years ago.

Earlier this summer, I caught a screening of Seltzer Works, Jessica Edward’s short film about the last old-school Seltzer man in Brooklyn, at the Rooftop Films festival. It’s a well-made film that bubbleheads everywhere will appreciate.  This week it can be seen on the PBS series POV — Tuesday Aug. 24 at 10pm — or check your local listings.

How To Make Your Water Sparkle

For Liza’s birthday, her mom (Ruby Girl) bought her Sodastream, a DIY sparkling water maker. Liza is an avid sparkling water drinker and a major environmentalist, so this gift was right-on. The Sodastream machine also turns water into: cola, ginger ale, tonic and lemonade. While the upfront price tag is a bit high – like most things green – the end result will both save on dollars and waste – also like most things green.

Enjoy Liza’s sparkling demo: