The Filette source is located in Guarcino, Italy, 900 meters above sea level. Adjacent to the Apennine Mountains in the Region of Lazio, the water has a distinct absence of nitrates, and low sodium. The town of Guarcino rises not far from Fiuggi and Alatri and is overlooked by Mount Campocatino, a very well known ski resort.

The first historical mention of the existence of the spring dates back to 400 B.C. and shows that it was already known to the Romans, who dedicated it to Venus as a symbol of the link between the goddess and the vital element. Even today at the fountain which collects the rivulets of the Acqua Filette, a sculpture testifies this peculiar symbolism.

The first written evidence appears in 50 A.D. Lucius Junius Moderatus Columella, a Latin author contemporary with Seneca, in his “De Re Rustica” praised the waters of Guarcino, where the Roman legions halted to cure their wounds after campaigns in the East: “Est in Guarceno Campaniae fluens aqua montibus oriunda, salubritati corporis accomodatissima” (there is in Guarcino in Campania a water which gushes out from the nearby mountains, most suitable for the well-being of the body).

Bottled and distributed since 1894, during the 20th century Filette has acquired fame as a wholesome and curative water. The outer wrapping compliments the quality of the water inside. Using the elegance of a classic Bordeaux wine bottle, it is coupled with a glazed paper label which is distinguished by Filette’s initial F in silver relief.

Acqua Filette’s special organoleptic properties were described as far back as 1899. In that year Dr Vittorio Davoli carried out the initial scientific research which confirmed the water’s particular features, among them its extreme lightness and very pleasant taste. Dr Davoli concluded his finding stating: “Filette water, due to its modest mineral content, its exceptional lightness and its insuperable purity, is far and away preferable to the more renowned table waters.”

These properties were confirmed by a more recent analyses (May 2007) made at the “La Sapienza” University in Rome by the Department of Sciences and Public Health. The analyses certified a fixed residue 209.0 mg/liter, and a very low presence of nitrates at 0.6 mg/liter. In addition, a very low sodium content at just 3.12 mg/l, makes the water particularly suitable for low-sodium diets.

Water In The News...
The Burden of Maintaining Water Quality
A local Councilor in Canada has said: “It’s almost impossible if you’re a smaller municipality to keep up the quality of water.” A story in explained that: “Howley residents have had to stock up on bottled water for months now because their water system produces drinking water that Councilors say does not meet with provincial standards.”

We usually take good quality tap water for granted, but it is becoming increasingly difficult to maintain stringent quality requirements with antiquated systems. Bottle of water anyone?

Thank Goodness For Bottled Water
Passengers on the recently stricken Costa Allegra cruise ship have been forced to wash with bottled water, and survive on bread and cheese.

IBWA Now Accepting Nominations
The IBWA (International Bottled Water Association) has announced they are now accepting nominations for the 2012 IBWA Awards Program. The deadline for nominations to all awards is June 15, 2012. The winners will be announced during IBWA’s General Session at the 2012 IBWA Annual Business Conference and Tabletop Trade Show. The IBWA has a long and celebrated history recognizing the contributions and achievements of bottled water professionals For additional information, and a list of categories, click here.

Bottled Water Critic Admits to Engaging in Deceptive Practices
Peter Gleick, PhD, president of the Pacific Institute, is under fire for using deceptive and questionable tactics to obtain confidential documents from the Heartland Institute, a conservative and libertarian public policy think tank.

Dr. Gleick publically admitted his role in fraudulently obtaining confidential memos containing budget information, membership lists, and details about donations to the organization. He apparently used someone else’s identity to solicit and receive the confidential materials. Dr. Gleick is a longtime opponent of bottled water and has battled with the Heartland Institute on numerous occasions.

In The Learning Corner...
So What Are Bicarbonates Anyway?
Bicarbonates ( HCO3) are our friends. They are an essential keystone in maintaining our body’s internal acid-base balance (pH balance) as well as aiding our digestion process. This naturally occurring mineral, which is found in all biological fluids, helps to neutralize any lactic acid generated during physical activity and helps to raise the pH of certain acidic foods that we eat. A study done by the University of Bonn, Germany, shows that bicarbonate rich mineral water “could be useful in the prevention of the recurrence of calcium oxalate and uric acid renal stones.” Where can we get it? Water! Being more specific, in mid to high mineral content waters. High mineral content sparkling water, is known to be rich in bicarbonates.

The typical range for bicarbonate in bottled water is 50 to 200 mg/l, but it can reach up to about 1,800 mg/l in waters such as Apollinaris, Gerolsteiner, and Borsec.

Believe It or Not...
What Do These Jerseys Have In Common With Bottle Water?
Nike says the jerseys that Team USA will wear for the 2012 Olympics in London are the lightest jerseys it has ever made. They are 96% recycled polyester, each jersey is made with 22 recycled plastic bottles which form the breathable polyester fabric.

Apparently, Jeremy Jackson, best known as Hobie on "Baywatch," is currently spending some time at Dr. Drew's "Celebrity Rehab." ranch to deal with his addiction to steroids. We won’t address his problems, we would prefer to stay away from the Dear Abby column.

When he arrived at the ranch, he brought a truck full of various appliances, including a large water filter. "What about bottled water?" asked a staff member, "Are you okay with bottled water?"

"In a pinch," Jackson said hesitantly. "That plastic leeches (sp) and causes cancer and bisexuality, it's been linked to directly."

So, Jeremy Jackson thinks bottled water might make him want to sleep with men.

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2012 Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting awards Greenwood, BC, Canada for Best Municipal Water in the World.

At 1 drip per second, a faucet can leak 3,000 gallons per year.

One glass of water shuts down midnight hunger pains for almost 100% of the dieters in a recent University study.

Lack of water is the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.

Groundwater can take a human lifetime just to traverse a mile.