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Aqua Maestro, The Source of Fine Water
 

FEATURED WATER

Tau Spring WaterTAU
Taking its name from an ancient Welsh word for ‘to be silent’, Tau Spring Water is specifically designed for outlets such as designer hotels, restaurants, bars and cafes where color may not be appropriate but purity, quality and elegance are essential. Launched in 2003, Tau Spring Water is produced by internationally renowned Tŷ Nant Spring Water Ltd. which is situated in the West Wales county of Ceredigion.

Map of source of TAUThe Company was founded in 1989 and moved to its current purpose-built factory at the site of the source in 1996. The facility was extended in 2002. The factory is situated within 300 acres of pastureland and forestry. The land is maintained to organic standards, and the evergreen conifer forestry is being replaced in stages with a more environmentally friendly broadleaf wood. Tau is bottled at the source which comes from deep beneath the ancient Cambrian Mountains of Wales, an area of mudstone, siltstone and sandstone that is protected and organically managed. Tau Spring Water was created to satisfy the need for a contemporary clear glass bottled water. Tau's chic minimalist styling and monochromatic labeling creates a strikingly contemporary statement. A well-balanced water with a light, refreshing taste and a slightly sweet note. At 30.5 mg/l of Calcium, 12.2 mg/l of Magnesium, and 13.5 mg/l of Silica, the water has a distinct quality, and it manages to deliver the goods with a neutral pH of 7.2, a very low-TDS (208), and negligible Nitrates. Tau Spring Water, is available in both still and softly sparkling variants.

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TAU 750mL Glass / HILDON 500mL Plastic

Water In The News

Fine Water Summit, Stockholm 2019

left The 6th Fine Water Summit will be held in Stockholm, Sweden on April 25 and 26th 2019. Fine Water Society LogoA primary focus will be the Future Trends of the Fine Water Category. The Summit follows two days of the Taste and Design Awards held April 23 and 24th.

Florida Considering A Deposit Law

Ten states currently employ “bottle bills” or “deposit laws”. These states collect between 5 and 15 cents/ bottle. A senate bill recently introduced in the Florida legislature would call for between 20 and 30 cents per bottle. This is expected to receive large opposition from consumers and distributors. The bill calls for 20% to be given to the retailer, as an incentive to muffle their complaints. States that collect the deposits see tens of millions of dollars in unredeemed deposits each year.

Maine Attempting To Tax Nestles

Describes as a water withdrawal tax, a recent proposal seems to go after, not only one industry but one particular company. Nestles, under the Poland Springs label, uses about 1.5 million gallons per year, could be facing an excise tax of $.12/ per gallon. That equates to approximately $180,000. The IBWA (Int’l Bottled Water Assoc) and the NEBWA (Northeast Bottled Water Assoc) have strongly opposed bill LD 1074.

Aloha, Where Will It End?

Hawaii Senate Bill 522 is still alive. The Bill has been amended, however as currently written calls for a statewide ban on ALL single serve plastic beverage containers. The measure prohibits the purchase, use, sale or distribution of single-use plastic beverage containers. Included, is the ban on all such products in restaurants, bars, hotels and other businesses where food and beverages are sold.

Brands In The News

Nestle Waters’ Lends A Helping Hand

Evian Reusable Water BottlesFollowing the devastation in Alabama and Georgia from tornadoes earlier this month, three regional brands stepped up to help out. Nestle Waters’ Ozarka Brand, has donated $10,000 to Americares to help fund the organization’s tornado relief efforts. Additionally, Deer Park and Zephyrhills each sent a truckload, containing 30,000 bottles of spring water.

What’s In The Bottle?

Ounce WaterOunce Wateryou ask “Ounce Water” it says it clearly….just water packaged to help the consumers drink up to 80 ounces a day. If you ask some Brooklynites, (Brooklyn, NY), they say the design emulates a 40oz bottle of Malt liquor and may promote drinking with underage children. What do you think?

Will You Listen To Your Water Bottle (Cap)?

Danone Coach 2o Water topDanone has collaborated with Israeli Water.io, a smart packaging company who has designed a bottle cap to track how often you open and close the cap, and how much water you consume. It can paired with a smart phone to notify you, it’s time to take another sip! Will you pay attention? Furthermore, you can enter a personal profile (age, gender, height, and weight) in the app and it will build a unique hydration profile based on details and levels of physical activity. Danone will be starting with Spanish mineral brand, Font Vella, but has visions of making this a global venture.



In The Learning Corner

Is PURE Water Really Clear?

First, you will rarely see pure water as it is not found in a natural setting. The everyday water you see contains dissolved minerals and often suspended materials. But, for practical purposes, if you fill a glass from your faucet the water will look colorless. The water is in fact not colorless; even pure water is not colorless, but has a slight blue tint to it, best seen when looking through a long column of water. The blueness in water is not caused by the scattering of light, which is responsible for the sky being blue. Rather, water blueness comes from the water molecules absorbing the red end of the spectrum of visible light.


Question To Ponder

Why Didn't Noah Swat those two Mosquitoes?


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TRIVIA

The density of water allows sound to move through it for long distances. In sea water sound travels at a velocity of 1545 meters/second or about 3500 miles per hour.

Air pressure affects the boiling point of water. It takes longer to boil an egg at Denver, Colorado than at the beach. At sea level water boils at 212˚ F (100˚ C), while at 5000 feet, water boils at 202.9˚ F (94.9˚ C).

Over 90% of the world's supply of fresh water is located in Antarctica.

An acre of corn will give off 15,000 liters (4,000 gallons) of water per day in evaporation.

Over 70,000 different water contaminants have been identified.

Do You Recognize Them?

Julianne Hough
Julianne Hough

Gisele Bundchen
Gisele Bundchen

Courtney Cox
Courtney Cox

Liam Hemsworth
Liam Hemsworth

Dakota Johnson
Dakota Johnson

 
AquaMaestro, The Source for Fine Water
3/29/2019 12:00 AM By Editor tau, hildon, 2019
Aqua Maestro, The Source of Fine Water
 

FEATURED WATER

VolvicVolvic
In a region where water has been famous for its beneficial properties since antiquity, the Volvic valley has kept the qualities of its water a deeply buried secret for centuries.

Map of source of Volvic, FranceVolvic water is drawn from the heart of the Parc Naturel des Volcans d'Auvergne in central France, a protected environment, free from industry and intensive farming. The ancient "Temple of Mercury" crowns the summit of the famous Puy de Dôme, proving the volcanoes have been recognized and revered for centuries.

Volvic water is created by rainwater that seeps very slowly underground through porous layers of puzzolana and fissured lava down to the impermeable granite bed on the old valley bottom. When it reaches the impervious bedrock, the water slowly flows downstream where it is captured over 90 meters deep.

Volvic water is drawn from deep inside the lush, green ancient volcanoes of the Auvergne in France. Specifically, taken from the Clairivic spring in the Massif Central region.

Volvic, as the name implies, has a volcanic geological basis,
source volvic, france most evident in its 30 mg/l level of Silica, one of the world's more potent mineral water sources for this element. The perfectly neutral pH of 7.0, and overall low 109 mg/l total mineralization, makes Volvic a special water, truly unique in its chemistry. At 6.3 mg/l, the Nitrate level is a little higher, but in the case of Volvic, this slight excess is probably offset by the water's virtues.

VOSS 800mL Glass / VOLVIC 1.0L Plastic

Water In The News

Fine Water Summit, Stockholm 2019

left The 6th Fine Water Summit will be held in Stockholm, Sweden on April 25 and 26th 2019. Fine Water Society LogoA primary focus will be the Future Trends of the Fine Water Category. The Summit follows two days of the Taste and Design Awards held April 23 and 24th.

What Were You Doing When You Were 7?

ryan HickmanRyan Hickman has been recycling plastic bottles for half of his life. He was 3 1/2 yrs old when he and his dad first visited a recycling plant. Since that time, he has become CEO, manager and sole employee of Ryan’s Recycling Company. He is very serious in this endeavor and now has 50 customers in his community and 200,000 bottles and cans to his recycling credit. The IBWA (International Bottled Water Assoc.) has just awarded Ryan the 2018 Recycling Champion…(along with a $500 check)!

Berkeley Springs Int’l Water Tasting

Winners of the 2019 Water tasting have been published. The event which includes municipal waters took place February 21-24 2019. Five continents were represented among the 112 waters entered.

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For the complete winners list, Click here.

Ban The Bottle!

The phrase heard ‘round many cities and universities, is now being introduced in the Hawaii Senate. Two pieces of legislation would prohibit the sale and distribution of single-serve bottled water and other beverages statewide. The IBWA will be presenting testimony at their committee meetings showing how it’s a healthy alternative to other sugary drinks.

By The Numbers

A US survey of 2,048 adults in November 2018, on behalf of the International Bottled Water Association, found that bottled water is consumed by 12% more Americans than carbonated soft drinks. 71% drink bottled water, compared with 59% drinking soda.

Despite critical media coverage of plastic, Americans have a highly positive view of all water including bottled water.

  • 99% drink water.
  • 91% believe bottled water is healthy and convenient.
  • 84% feel they should drink more water.
  • Of bottled water drinkers, 98% choose it for taste, 98% for quality, 90% for safety, 81% for convenience on the go, 70% for lack of artificial sweeteners and 68% for low calorie content.
Americans’ choice of different water types is broken down by the survey:
  • 16% drink only bottled.
  • 21% drink mostly bottled.
  • 37% drink bottled and tap/filtered equally.
  • 16% drink mostly tap/filtered.
  • 10% drink only tap/filtered.

Brands In The News

Reusable Water Bottles By Evian?

Evian Reusable Water Bottles

Yes, Evian has teamed up with fashion designer Virgil Abloh and glass bottle producer Soma to produce a Limited Edition luxury design “evian” sustainable glass water bottle. The bottle comes complete with a silicone sleeve that bears the evian logo and the words “Rainbow Inside.” This bottle has been introduced in Paris and New York, but with very limited availability. To ensure the followers of Evian’s Designer collection are not left empty handed, Virgil has also created a 750ml Glass bottle for the “Rainbow Inside” campaign, which will be available soon.

Evian Reusable Water Bottles

A Path Less Traveled

Path WaterAnother sustainable idea, Pathwater is a California-based water brand packaged in reusable and recyclable aluminum bottles intended as an environmentally-friendly alternative to single-use beverages. In the case of Pathwater executives, they feel sustainability and doing the right thing comes first, profits come second. “We believe if we do the right thing then the profits will come” according to CEO Shadi Bakour. Currently primarily available in California, but rapidly expanding in the Northwest.



In The Learning Corner

Do You Know What This Is?

Water Cohesion
water drops on pine needles showing both adhesion and cohesion

In simple terms;

Cohesion: Water is attracted to water
Adhesion: Water is attracted to other substances

Adhesion and cohesion are water properties that affect every water molecule on earth and the interaction of water molecules with molecules of other substances. Essentially, cohesion and adhesion are the "stickiness" that water molecules have for each other and for other substances. You can see this in the image above. The water drop is composed of water molecules that like to stick together, an example of the property of cohesion. The water drop is stuck to the end of the pine needles, which is an example of the property of adhesion.


On The Lighter Side

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Question To Ponder

Why is abbreviated such a long word?


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TRIVIA

Pure water has a neutral pH of 7, which is neither acidic (< 7) nor basic (> 7).

The water molecule is highly cohesive—it is very sticky. Water is the most cohesive among the non-metallic liquids.

Pure water, which you won't ever find in the natural environment, does not conduct electricity. Water becomes a conductor once it starts dissolving substances around it.

Water has a high heat index—it absorbs a lot of heat before it begins to get hot. It is why water is valuable for cooling, and helps regulate changes in air temperature which is why the temperature change between seasons is gradual rather than sudden, especially near the oceans.

Water has a very high surface tension, and tends to clump together in drops rather than spread out in a thin film, like rubbing alcohol. It allows water (and its dissolved substances) to move through the roots of plants and through the tiny blood vessels in our bodies.

 
AquaMaestro, The Source for Fine Water
2/25/2019 9:35 PM By Editor volvic, 2019
Aqua Maestro, The Source of Fine Water
 

evian 2019 limited edition eiffel tower bottle

FEATURED WATER

Speyside GlenlivetSpeyside Glenlivet
The source of Speyside Glenlivet is located in Greater Speyside, which covers a wide area of Scotland from the Culloden battlefield in the east, to the Cairngorms National Park in the south. It offers beautiful scenery, heather covered hills, clear rushing burns, a high concentration of whisky distilleries, an abundance of wildlife, superb local produce and silence.

Map of source of Speyside Glenlivet, ScotlandThe spring is in the Crown estate of Glenlivet, which sits in the high land to the north east of the Cairngorms and contains the lower reaches of the Avon and its famous tributary the Livet, plus of course the world renowned river Spey. Speyside Glenlivet is one of the world's greatest whisky producing regions and home to many of Scotland’s most famous distilleries. At its heart lies the small but globally renowned village of Glenlivet. Historians reveal that the world’s first whisky distillery was founded here over two hundred years ago.

Speyside Glenlivet Source, ScotlandMost true Scotch drinkers will recognize the name immediately. The water is superb for adding a touch to many of the whiskey's from the same region of Scotland. If you're a scotch drinker, we need say no more.

Speyside Glenlivet Source, Scotland, UKConsistent with the pristine quality of this gorgeous, rugged countryside, the chemistry of Speyside Glenlivet is equally pure. The geology is a 500 million year-old rock formation called the Braes of Glenlivet. The springs – named Slochd and Clash – are at an altitude of 1,520 feet. Speyside’s pH is 7.7, a slightly alkaline level favored by many because it delivers a slightly sweet after taste. Total Dissolved Solids are a mere 58 milligrams per liter, ranking Speyside in the “pure” category. Nitrates are extremely low at 1.0 mg/l, and the only two chemical elements with any prominence are Bicarbonates at 45 mg/l, and Calcium, which weighs in at 13 mg/l.

Speyside Glenlivet 750mL Glass / Highland Spring 500mL Plastic

Water In The News

Fine Water Summit, Stockholm 2019

left The 6th Fine Water Summit will be held in Stockholm, Sweden on April 25 and 26th 2019. Fine Water Society LogoA primary focus will be the Future Trends of the Fine Water Category. The Summit follows two days of the Taste and Design Awards held April 23 and 24th.

Carbonated Water Making Headlines Again

The industry is up to $2.2 Billion a year and still growing. Seltzer, club soda, and sparkling water are up double digits as more Americans turn away from soda and other sugary drinks. Variations in intensity (size of the bubble) as well as hints of flavors are adding to the category growth.

2019 Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting

The 29th annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting will be held February 21-14, 2019, in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. The annual event will bring in over 100 waters from across the country and the globe. Bottled Waters, both still and sparkling will be judged in categories including taste and design. We understand Svalbardi will be entering as well. Keep posted for the results.

IBWA President Joe Doss TO Be Honored

The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) issued a press release that President Joe Doss will be presented the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award during the Berkeley Springs Water Tasting Competition. Congratulations to Joe!

Brands In The News

The Race To Eliminate Plastic

Nestle Waters, on January 17, 2019, announced it will increase the recycled PET contents in its bottles to 35% by 2025 globally and 50% in the US.

Evian, a day later on January 18, 2019, announced it will produce all of its bottles from recycled plastic, reaching 100%, by 2025.

Iskilde is in the process of converting to a new PLA bottle, 100% plant based and 100% biodegradable and compostable. (Available March 2019).

Coca Cola announced new plant bottle for Dasani, made from 30% plants and recycled plastic.

Pepsi Cola is striving to have 100% of their packaging recyclable, compostable or biodegradable by 2025.

Highland Spring has permanently added a 500ml size 100% rPet bottle to its line-up. Highland hopes to have all of their bottles using at least 50% rPet by 2022.

Is This A New Way To Sell Water?

Are we selling water, or alcohol here? Spiked Still Water! Okay, well isn’t beer “still” water with barley and hops? Or perhaps soda, “still” water with sugar and flavoring, and maybe some carbonation? Or perhaps, vodka, primarily ethanol and “still” water. This goes to show just how much marketing can do for a product. It also shows just how gullible the consumer may be? Pura Still contains 4.5% alcohol by volume…we’ll call it a “flat beer”.

Spiked Pura Brand Still Water


What's In A Name?

Or should we ask, What’s in the water?

FAT WATER
Fat Water
ORFAT FREE?
Fat Free Water


In The Learning Corner

Do You Know What This Is?

Globule of water and air pocket in zero gravityIt’s teaching us about physics and gravity. This picture shows not only a water drop but also an air bubble inside of the water drop. This picture comes from NASA, and was taken in space, and of course, zero gravity. According to the laws of physics (in space), both droplets form spheres, which is a shape having the least amount of surface area. On Earth, gravity would distort the shape, and the air bubble, lighter than water, would race upward to burst through the surface of the droplet.

In space, the air bubble doesn't rise because it is no lighter than the water around it—there's no buoyancy. The droplet doesn't fall from the leaf because there's no force to pull it off. It's stuck there by molecular adhesion.


Question To Ponder

If Con is the opposite of Pro, is Congress the opposite of Progress?


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TRIVIA

Water is unique in that it is the only natural substance that is found in all three physical states—liquid, solid, and gas.

Water freezes at 32° Fahrenheit (F) and boils at 212°F (at sea level), but boils at 186.4° at 14,000 feet.

Water is unusual in that the solid form, ice, is less dense than the liquid form, which is why ice floats.

Water is called the "universal solvent" because it dissolves more substances than any other liquid.

Wherever water goes, either through the ground or through our bodies, it takes along valuable chemicals, minerals, and nutrients, dissolved solids.

 
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1/29/2019 9:29 AM By Editor Speyside Glenlivet, evian, 2019
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