Saint Geron

Located in Auvergne, in the region of Clermont-Ferrand known as the region of French volcanoes, and deep in the heart of France, the mineral spring of Saint Geron has a long and proud natural history.

The product we drink today fell as rain far back in the Middle Ages, and has then been naturally filtered over the last eleven hundred years. Enriched by minerals picked up along its voyage, and cleansed of all bacteria and nitrates, which show up at less than .1 milligrams per liter, it makes its way back to the surface as a lightly carbonated water bursting with purity.

As with many of the great natural waters, the Saint Geron source was enjoyed by the Romans. At the end of the 19th century, workers constructing reservoirs to collect water from the spring, discovered antique wells and coins from the reign of Faustina Augustus during the Gallo-roman period. From its early history, Saint Geron has been showered with awards. Dubbed "The Queen of Mineral Waters," it has long been recommended as an aid in the treatment of anemia, digestive problems, diabetes and even gout. Its elegant glass bottle was created by painter and designer Alberto Bali.

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.

The source, around for 1000's of years, has been updated too, with a new well drilled in 1994, and an ultra modern bottling plant built in 2006.

Water In The News...
Oklahoma Tornado Victims
We would like to offer our prayers to those affected by this storm. We realize sometimes that may be a small or simple offering under the circumstances, but two important issues need recognition. 1) hats off to those companies that always seem to step up in time of need, for example, Anheuser-Busch has donated 51000 cans of water, and 2) (not such a pleasant note), beware of scammers. Two locations, a hotel and a grocery store have been caught gouging victims and selling water at prices approaching $40/case.

U.S. Bottled Water Sales Totaled $11.8 Billion in 2012
A new report from the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) states that in 2012, overall consumption of bottled water jumped by 6.2 percent to 9.67 billion gallons, while sales increased by 6.7 percent, totaling $11.8 billion. The statistics were compiled by beverage consulting firm Beverage Marketing Corporation (BMC)

DC Pool Bottled Water Ban, Doesn't Hold Water
An unpopular and unusual ban on water bottles at a popular Washington, DC pool ended almost as soon as it started. After the DC Health Department unexpectedly banned all water bottles at city swimming pools for health reasons, swimmers reacted angrily. The ban was quickly lifted after local news stations started asking questions, and swimmers complained to city leaders. Until further review, plastic water bottles will be allowed on the pool deck.

Vermont Lawmakers Change Their Mind Too
A proposal to eliminate the sales tax exemption for bottled water was removed as part of the final package to pass the state budget. Governor Peter Shumlin and House and Senate leaders announced they had reached an agreement on the state’s 2014 budget without the need to raise additional taxes. The IBWA (International Bottled Water Assoc.) worked closely with State and industry counsel on this issue.

40 Percent Of Iranians Drink Less Water
Damavand Mineral Water Company’s managing director said that 40 percent of Iranians drink less water than the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends. He also added, that many refuse to drink mineral water because they believe it contains toxic additives.

Now Here's A Diet We Can Get Behind...
A 49-year-old former plant worker from Baytown, Texas had tried several different diets before turning to drinking water for the solution. B.D. Sylvia knew he had to lose weight, and this time started drinking water. A lot of water. A glass before he eats, a glass while he eats and another when he’s done eating.

All of a sudden Sylvia started to notice the pounds shedding off, eventually losing 90 pounds. Drinking water helped to suppress his appetite. Now he was consuming water instead of more calories.

Brands In The News...
Danone Signs Deal With Turkish Company
Danone has signed an agreement to buy a 50.1% controlling stake in Turkish bottled water player Sirma, and said that Turkey was a 'strategic country' for its waters division

Nestle To Use 50% Recycled Content In Its Water Bottles
Nestle Waters has set a goal of using 50% recycled content in its water bottles. "Nestle's leadership in plastic recycling and product stewardship is real," said Mark Murray, executive director of Californians Against Waste. "Nestle is making a serious investment in closed loop recycling that will pay dividends for consumers, the economy and the environment."

Evian Redesigns Plastic Bottle
For the first time in 14 years, the naturally-filtered water brand has updated its bottle design. Evian, which is owned by the French food and beverage company Danone, has traded the contoured bottle for a smoother surface. The new bottle will debut in the U.S. in June with 330 mL and 500 mL sizes, and an advertising campaign is set for July. According to Eric O'Toole, President of Danone Waters North America, “What the other waters did was put pressure on us to contemporize Evian, we realized that our bottle had become a little bit old and dated.”

In The Fashion Department...
No, we're not getting into the business of advocating or suggesting anything to do with fashion, but we think this idea truly has some merit. It seems there is a new recommendation for obtaining shiny hair. It may not be new, actually it's rumored that celebs like Demi Moore and Kim Basinger have been doing it for years. So, how do you get shiny hair? The trick is in the water, mineral water! Apparently, wash your hair with shampoo as normal, then rinse it with bottled mineral water. Continue doing this over a period of two weeks.

Trichologist Dr Bessam Farjo, who has conducted intensive research into hair and scalp health, confirms that washing your hair in bottled water can improve its overall health. 'There's certainly evidence that shows environmental pollutants, including toxins such as free radicals found in hard tap water, will make susceptible hairs fall out more quickly,' he says. 'Over time this could affect the overall appearance of the hair.' He added, 'Blondes in particular can get a build-up of shampoo on the hair.  This can make it look dull, so a mineral water rinse could be a great shine enhancer.

How does Demi get her shiny hair?

Nike's New Soccer Uniform....Something From The Future?
Nike has released England's new national soccer team home uniform. Made from 100-percent polyester Dri-FIT material, the shirt and shorts are made from up to 13% recycled PET plastic bottled water bottles. An average of seven water bottles are used for each uniform. You can see their introductory video by clicking here. It looks like it could have been used in Star Trek.

Spotted Somewhere...

Approximately 400 billion gallons of water are used in the United States every day.

Water leaves the stomach five minutes after consumption.

The Center for Disease Control receives notification of more than 4,000 cases per year of illness due to drinking water contamination.

Freshwater animals are disappearing five times faster than land animals, due to water contamination

The New York City water supply system leaks 36 million gallons per day.