GOTA
Bottled at its source and perfectly selected by nature, Gota comes from the southern edge of the Guarani Aquifer in Argentina. Named after the Guarani Tribe, this aquifer is one of the worlds largest and is estimated to contain about 37,000 cubic km’s of water. The aquifer sits below the four countries, Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, and is one of the most pure and preserved reserves of underground water on earth. It is said that this vast underground reservoir could supply fresh drinking water to the world for 200 years.

The Aquifer consists primarily of sedimented sandstones deposited during the Triassic and Jurassic periods (between 130 and 200 million years ago). Over 90% of the total area is overlaid with igneous basalt of low permeability, which provides a high degree of containment. This greatly reduces the rate of infiltration and subsequent recharge but also avoids surface-associated losses due to evaporation.

The exceptional quality of this water provides minerals that help your body remain young, healthy and lively.

Gota is extracted from a 250 ft (80 m) deep well, under stringent safety and quality standards. No additives or processes are inflicted to this premium, natural still mineral water, and comes available in glazed bottles, in 250ml, 500ml, and 1000ml sizes. The pH is a low 7.2 and a TDS of 350.






Water in the News
Tariff On Imported Italian Water Lingers In Background
An ongoing dispute between the United States and Europe over the ban on U.S. beef with growth hormones, has been brewing as far back as 1996. The WTO (World Trade Organization) Dispute Settlement Body authorized the United States to impose increased tariffs on EU products, until the dispute is settled. Fast forward until October 2008, and withstanding two appeals, this same body has confirmed the US has a continuing right to impose these measures.

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has recently announced a new list of European products subject to increased tariffs in connection with this dispute.
Why are we telling you this? Well, it seems Italian bottled water is one of many items being targeted. As much as a 100% tariff could be imposed on bottled mineral water imported from Italy.

There may be some relief however, at least temporarily. President Barack Obama has directed all departments and agencies to halt all regulatory action until they have been reviewed and approved by a department or agency head appointed by him.

The IBWA, Nestles, and the Italian government are all joining forces to combat this tariff. If left as is, the tariff is scheduled to take effect March 23 2009.

Brands in the News
Coca-Cola Sued Over Vitamin Water Claims
A class action lawsuit was filed in January against the Coca-Cola Company alleging that Coca-Cola has used deceptive advertising in marketing its VitaminWater line of beverages. The complaint alleges that Coca-Cola deceived consumers by marketing VitaminWater as a healthy alternative to soft drinks, and further alleges that the 33 grams of sugar in each bottle of VitaminWater may contribute to serious health problems, such as obesity and diabetes. To read more click here.

Drinks Found To Have 300 Times More Pesticides Than Water
Orange and lemon drinks sold by The Coca-Cola Co. in the U.K. under the Fanta brand were found to have up to 300 times the level of pesticides allowed in tap or bottled water. Researchers said the levels found were low under the maximum residue levels allowed for fruit, and Coca-Cola GB insisted the products are safe.

Fiji Gives To Flood-Relief Efforts
Fiji Water is contributing to relief efforts in flood-ravaged Fiji by contributing $500,000 through the Fiji Water Foundation, the company's social-responsibility arm. The foundation over the years has helped with projects including school construction and providing water tanks, an official said.

On The Tech Side….
A new research report lists the most frequently detected pharmaceutical and hormonally active chemical compounds found in tap water. A comprehensive survey, conducted by Shane Snyder and colleagues at the Southern Nevada Water Authority in Las Vegas, screened tap water from 19 US utilities searching for presence of 51 different compounds. The 11 most frequently detected, and all at extremely low levels of concentration were;


Atenolol, a beta-blocker used to treat cardiovascular disease


Atrazine, an organic herbicide banned in the European Union but still used in the United States, which has been implicated in the decline of fish stocks and in changes in animal behavior

Carbamazepine, a mood-stabilizing drug used to treat bipolar disorder, among other things

Estrone, an oestrogen hormone secreted by the ovaries and blamed for causing gender-bending changes in fish

Gemfibrozil, an anti-cholesterol drug

Meprobamate, a tranquilizer used in psychiatric treatment

Naproxen, a painkiller and anti-inflammatory linked to increases in asthma incidence

Phenytoin, an anticonvulsant that has been used to treat epilepsy

Sulfamethoxazole, an antibiotic used against the Streptococcus bacteria, which is responsible for tonsillitis and other diseases

TCEP, a reducing agent used in molecular biology

Trimethoprim, an antibiotic

The concentrations of pharmaceuticals in drinking water were millions of times lower than in a medical dose, and Snyder emphasises that they pose no public health threat. Christian Daughton of the EPA's National Exposure Research Laboratory says that neither this nor other recent water assessments give cause for health concern. To read more click here.

Believe it or not….
Another Use For Your Empty Water Bottle.
Motorola Inc has unveiled a cell phone made of recycled water bottles at the recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. They hope to cash in on the trend for environmentally friendly products. Motorola said it was the world's first carbon neutral phone. As well as using recycled materials for the plastic casing, the company also pledged to offset the carbon dioxide used in manufacturing, distribution and operation of the phone through investments in renewable energy sources and reforestation.







To order, please call or email Alexis Donney-Brillinger in the Private Client Division – 561 392 3336 x 100; adb@aquamaestro.com

Wholesale inquiries should be directed to Shirley Costanza, sc@aquamaestro.com.



Keep looking for our new enhanced and functional beverage section. The beverage sector continues to broaden, and enhanced waters and functional beverages are leading the way. We will be adding an entirely new page devoted to just this type of product.

Available in five new flavors, Crayons® is an all natural kids fruit juice drink. Each flavor comes in a popular energy-drink-style can that is packed with 25% RDA of Vitamins A, D and E, 100% RDA of Vitamin C, antioxidants, calcium, and three grams of fiber (12% of daily dietary requirement). And thanks to SugarGuard™ they also contain 30% less sugar (no high fructose corn syrup) and 25% fewer calories than most other juice drinks – only 90 calories per eight-ounce serving.



The average residence uses over 100,000 gallons (indoors and outside) during a year.

It takes 62,600 gallons of water to produce one ton of steel.

A dairy cow drink four gallons of water to produce one gallon of milk

There are approximately one million miles of pipelines and aqueducts in the US and Canada.



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