Straight from the midst of the Vulkaneifel (Volcanic Eifel) comes Germany's most popular water: Gerolsteiner's natural mineral water. Special geological circumstances typical to the Eifel are the reason for the unique flavor and freshness as well as the healthy substances contained in the water. Mineral water is a pure product of nature. It is taken from the so called deep groundwater, which is from the accumulation of many decades of rain water, filtered and purified while seeping slowly through the layers of sediment and rock.  
Due to the Volcanic Eifel's geological history, Gerolsteiner mineral water is especially rich in minerals. Every drop of rain is filtered and purified on its way through the various layers of rock. At the same time, the water is enriched with carbonic acid, making it a naturally sparkling water. Aided by the carbonic acid, the drop of water is able to assimilate minerals and trace elements from the otherwise non-water-soluble dolomite rock. Carbonic acid also allows the water to stay fresh and clear throughout the centuries.  
The mineral water gathers in layers of rock located up to 200 meters beneath the surface, and is thus safe from environmental influences. It is pumped to the surface from 21 wells in Gerolstein and subsequently piped to the bottling facilities there. These pumping stations are electronically supervised to continuously control the wells' water level, the temperature and the mineral level.

On January 1, 1888, the mine manager Wilhelm Castendyck founded the firm Gerolsteiner Sprudel in Gerolstein. In the same year, the first well was drilled. In November 1888, the water became an official water of the city and became popular because of its high amount of natural carbonic acid. In 1889 its star and lion symbol was trademarked, and by 1895, the water began exporting to Australia.
Brunnen table water was used to supply water to Buckingham Palace during the reign of Queen Victoria.  
In 1928, the company began to export to the United States. The Gerolsteiner factory was completely destroyed in a bombing raid during Christmas 1944. In 1946 the filling machines were repaired and the full building and installation were rebuilt by 1948.

For a 1 minute video about Gerolsteiner, click the image above.

Water In The News...
Hats Off To The Fire Dept
The Farmer Fire Dept, coordinated a bottle water drive earlier this month with the help of Randolph County School System schools and Central Services, local churches, and individuals.

Over 27,000 bottles of water were collected to help South Carolina residents in need of drinkable water due to contaminated water supplies caused by the recent flooding.

Zenith International In NY...A City Like No Other ZenithРІР‚в„ўs first H2Opportunity conference will focus on business development across the water sector, providing insights on the wider water market, exploring key areas of product innovation and offering advice on brand building as well as distribution.

Aqua Maestro is among a host of others who will be presenting at this new H2Opportunity.

For more information; click here

Global Bottled Water Awards
Also, hosted by Zenith International, was the 12th Global Bottled Water Congress, which was held October 20-22, 2015, in Lisbon, Portugal. The three day event culminated in announcing the 2015 Global Bottled Water Awards.

Aqua Maestro, "Brett Spitalny" was honored to be one of the judges, and the results are in.

Just a few highlights;
  • Best Natural Water - a tie - Iceberg Water & Pedras Salgadas
  • Best New Water Concepts - Font Vella Mascot - (Danone Waters)
  • Best Bottle Design - San Pellegrino Magnum (Nestles)
Brands In The News
Evian introduces the 2016 Limited Edition Designer Bottle. Teaming up with designer Alexander Wang, the new bottle comes in two colors, both black and white.

Have you collected them all? The designer editions have made for a great collection. We hear from our annual collectors, every year about this time. For a quick 30 second video about the new here

Readers Name Favorite New Beverage
ItРІР‚в„ўs no secret that bottled water is one of the hottest beverage trends in the market, so itРІР‚в„ўs not surprising that a bottled water brand emerged as the September ReadersРІР‚в„ў Choice "New Product of the Month" poll. Beverage Industry polled its readers for the month of September, and 1907 Water, from New Zealand which has just recently launched in the US took 23 percent of the vote. 1907, stands for the year they began bottling water, in the city of Paeroa, New Zealand with a current population of 3900.

Svalbardi, Direct From The Top Of The World
Svalbard is a Norwegian archipelago between mainland Norway and the North Pole. One of the worldРІР‚в„ўs northernmost inhabited areas, it's known for its rugged, remote terrain of glaciers and frozen tundra sheltering polar bears, Svalbard reindeer and Arctic foxes, and now...pristine polar iceberg water!

Harvested from icebergs freshly calved off glaciers, in the arctic region, current plans call for 10,000 bottles to be produced by the end of the year. It's not cheap however, and even the bottle is a limited edition. Individual bottles are priced at 300 kroner, or about $50.00 US.

Another New Brand To Whet Your Appetite
This month the new entry seems to be FulHum Water, marketed as "The greatest water on Earth" and 'Minerals you can see." Fulham Water, made by Earthwater, and spearheaded by former Coca-Cola executive John Blackington is a high alkaline, mineral-infused water. Those minerals include fulvic and humic compounds, from which the brand name is derived. Fulvic acid also gives the water its distinct black color. They do face competition, and blk is one, another fulvic-enhanced water.

What's In A Name?
Green Sheep Water, bottled water with a green conscience. Green Sheep is a purified spring water, although it's the packaging that is unique. It comes in 100 percent recyclable aluminum bottles, which will chill quickly, and stay cold longer.

Believe It Or Not

What can you do with paracord (parachute cord)? This guy has too much time on his hands, but he did pick a Voss bottle.

Or how about this container, also for Voss.

Check out our new Instagram account @aqua_maetro, for more pictures and events happening with Aqua Maestro. We will also be offering promotions and free product to our valued followers.

There are almost 800 different brands of bottled water for sale in the United States.

Hippos drink as much as 250 liters of water in any given 24 hour period.

Water has a greater molecular density in liquid form than as a solid, which is why ice floats.

In one day, a full-grown oak tree expels 7 tons of water through its leaves.

If mined, all the gold suspended in the worldРІР‚в„ўs seawater would give each person on Earth, 9 pounds.