Speyside Glenlivet
The source 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.

The 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 is one of the worlds 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.

Consistent 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 alkalinic level favored by many because it delivers a slightly sweet aftertaste. 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.

Water Events
Premium Water Summit in Barcelona
Last month we mentioned we were invited to this prestigious event, and although the time has not come yet, we wanted to keep it on the front burner. The dates for the summit are May 5th and 6th, 2008. Currently, over 50 companies have given an indication they will be attending this summit, and it looks to be a promising first step to form this network of individuals, and conduit of information. We will keep you posted on the current events surrounding this first ever gathering.

Viva Las Vegas
Aqua Maestro has begun doing business in Las Vegas, Nevada! We welcome the Trump International Hotel and Tower to our distinguished list of clients. In late March, we shipped our first order, and have begun warehousing product in Las Vegas. This is only the beginning of our endeavor to make the products available, not only in Las Vegas, but to the west coast as well.

News from around the world
Prescription drugs found in drinking water across U.S.
A vast array of pharmaceuticals — including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones — have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans, an Associated Press investigation shows. In the course of a five-month inquiry, the AP discovered that drugs have been detected in the drinking water supplies of 24 major metropolitan areas – "We recognize it is a growing concern and we're taking it very seriously," said Benjamin H. Grumbles, assistant administrator for water at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
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Federal lawmakers want EPA action on drugs in water
Federal legislators are calling on the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to set safety limits for pharmaceuticals in public drinking water supplies.

In response to the recent Associated Press (AP) report, NSF International, the Public Health and Safety Company, an independent, not-for-profit organization, which helps protect you by certifying products and writing standards for food, water and consumer goods, has stated, “We want to reassure you that the drinking water supply in the United States is considered to be one of the safest in the world. Current federal and state legislation mandates testing and treatment for a wide array of tap water contaminants.” NSF will be providing guidelines for bottlers as well as consumers. More information may be found at their website www.nsf.org

We will also provide more information as it becomes available.

And…fallout from the recent Associated Press report concerning the presence of pharmaceuticals in US drinking water supplies includes another round of the growing tap water vs. bottled water debate. The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA), in a March 11 position statement available on its Web site, says “Bottled water is not simply tap water in a bottle.” Bottled water companies use a multi-barrier approach to safety, including source protection, source monitoring, reverse osmosis, distillation, filtration and other purification techniques, such as ozonation or ultraviolet light.

Also be careful… Scams abound following drugs-in-water report
Scam artists posing as water department employees or water treatment equipment salespeople are making the rounds in many US cities, and incidents seem to be on the increase following the recent report about drugs in water. Scam artists are trying to enter homes under the pretext of testing tap water or discussing a phony water concern. Once inside the home, the impostor distracts the homeowner while someone else enters the home and loots it.

UL Launches New Certification Program for Bottled Water
Underwriters Laboratories (UL) announced today a new certification program for bottled water. This new program enables consumers of bottled water to choose brands that have been validated by UL to meet the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) requirements for quality and safety. http://www.ul.com/newsroom/newsrel/nr033108.html

British Government Will Stop Drinking Bottled Water
The British government will be taking it from the tap starting this summer. Prime Minister Gordon Brown's government will phase out bottled water in all of its departments. The switch is one step in a bigger program to make all government departments more green and sustainable.

Led by Energy Drinks, Teas and Bottled Water, the U.S. Liquid Refreshment Beverage Market Grew by 1.3% in 2007.
The evolving U.S. refreshment beverage market enlarged by 1.3 percent in 2007, according to Beverage Marketing Corporation. Energy drinks, bottled water, ready-to-drink teas and enhanced or functional beverages have seen significant – often astronomical – growth rates, while more established and familiar product types have languished. http://www.beverageworld.com/content/view/34538/

Iowa votes on expanded bottle bill plan
A plan to encourage more recycling by adding juice, tea, water and sports drink bottles to the state's 5-cent bottle deposit program advanced out of a House committee Monday.
Under current law, only metal, glass and plastic containers for alcoholic and carbonated beverages are covered by the deposit program. For more information click here.

NY’s Bigger Better Bottle Bill
Besides just being a tongue twister, this legislation would add a 5-cent deposit to non-carbonated beverages such as bottled water, iced-teas, and sports drinks.
Originally enacted in 1982, and known as the “bottle bill” it required a 5-cent refundable deposit on beer and soda containers sold in New York. For more information click here.

City of Seattle won’t buy bottled water
To cut down on trash and help the environment, the city of Seattle will stop buying bottled water, Mayor Greg Nickels announced Thursday. The city could save as much as $58,000 a year, officials said, by not purchasing bottled water for events or water-cooler jugs for its workers. For more information click here.

Bill Would Bar Long Island Gov’t Workers from Buying Bottled Water
The Suffolk Legislature, citing concerns about protecting the environment and saving energy, took the first step toward banning county government from buying bottled water for most departments and offices. http://www.beverageworld.com/content/view/34526/

Georgia;Water bottlers blamed for dry wells
Residents of a North Georgia county blame companies that bottle and sell local spring water for their wells running dry. For more information click here.

On the flip side….

All this news about bottled water, and how to cut back on the plastic footprint…let’s look at one recent event where those affected were very glad to have bottled water….

The Penn State University community learned just how valuable tap water is on March 6th with everything from drinking fountains to scoops of ice cream affected by a water ban placed on the campus. Excessive rain that led to turbidity in campus water resulted in the shutdown of the campus water system. More than 15,972 bottles of beverages were consumed the first day, and an additional 379 cases of beverages were consumed the following morning. PepsiCo was expected to have donated seven pallets, or 11,000 bottles of water, to supply dorm residents with water for brushing their teeth.

Hats off to Pepsico, and let’s not push too hard to eliminate those bottles. After all, Aqua Maestro is located in South Florida, home of the hurricanes. We have had our share of needing bottled water.

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.

Most of the earth's surface consists of water; there is much more water than there is land.

Groundwater supplies serve about 80% of the population, whereas up to 4% of usable groundwater is already polluted.

Over 70,000 different water contaminants have been identified.

To manufacture new cars 148,000 litres (39,000 gallons) of water are used per car.

75% of a chicken is water.

The total amount of water in the body of an average adult is 37 litres.

The earth's total amount of water has a volume of about 344 million cubic miles.

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