At the heart of the Northern Alps lies the source of an all natural, perfectly pure water - evian. It all starts with rain and melting snow on the peaks of the Northern Alps, where each drop of evian water starts its 15+ year journey through layers of glacial sand that ends at evian's protected source on the shores of Lake Geneva. Through this process, the water is filtered naturally, without chemicals, giving evian the purity, mineral content, and taste that nature intended. Every day, samples are taken at over 20 different points between the protected catchment areas and the on-site bottling plant to ensure consistent quality.

In 1789, the Marquis de Lessert, discovered the Cachat Spring, evian's source, in the small town of evian-les-Bains on Lake Geneva. After spending several days drinking from the spring, the nobleman believed that the water aided in passing his kidney stones. News of the event soon spread and crowds gathered to sample the water to ease ailments. By 1878, the Dukes of Savoy issued the first bottling authorization for evian Natural Spring Water. 

evian has just introduced their new bottle design, trading the contoured bottle for a smoother bottle. It's the first change in 14 years, and the new "essence" design is just now debuting in the US. It is currently available in the 500ml size at Aqua Maestro.

Today, evian is available in over 120 countries throughout the world and is still bottled exclusively at its protected natural spring source in Evian-les-Bains. The water itself never changes, perfect and timeless. 

2 minute video about the origin of evian from the heart of the Alps Watch Video >
Water In The News...

Revisiting "Organic" Water
Be careful of claims being made on labels that water is organic. We previously discussed this topic in the Fountainhead Dec 2011. Brands in Germany, and they UK had been singled out for using the term "organic" as a marketing ploy. Now, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has lashed out at brands in Australia. "Organic standards acknowledge that water cannot be organic," said ACCC deputy chairwoman Delia Rickard. "Any claim that a particular water is organic would therefore be misleading or deceptive."

The word "organic", in the context of food and drink, refers to agricultural products which have been farmed according to certain practices. Because water is not an agricultural product it can't benefit from such practices so it can't be described as "organic", the ACCC said. Seven makers have been forced to drop claims that their product was "organic" while another chose to remove their brand from sale.

Some of the organic water brands that will be removed from the market under threat of action by the ACCC.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which defines the term organic when it comes to agricultural products in this country, specifically excludes water and salt. Remember the properties of water? H2O means each molecule of water contains two atoms of hydrogen (H) joined to one atom of oxygen (O). In order for something to be organic — as in alive — it needs carbon. So water, by definition is inorganic.

Top 10 Bottled Waters
No, we wouldn't be so bold as to list the top 10 bottled waters. After all, who's opinion is it that any water makes the top 10? You might need a disclaimer, what factors are used to determine this bold statement? The company that sells the most? The most exotic? How about the most expensive? More minerals, or less minerals? Perhaps the most attractive packaging? It's not that there is a best water, in our opinion, but there are different waters. Many water's are great, and actually many are pretty bad. Ok, so this list could vary depending on the objectives of the author, but a recent list compiled by Gayot (an internationally renowned and professional guide to dining, hotels, travel and lifestyle) took on the project. The list was also recently published in the Huffington Post.

Their list includes:

Evian, Fiji, Gerolsteiner, Ferrarelle, Perrier, San Pellegrino, Mountain Valley, TyNant, Volvic, and Icelandic Glacial. It's interesting to note, Aqua Maestro stocks 8 of those 10, but they didn't solicit our input for this list. We're not sure our list would look exactly the same!

They add a brief description of the waters as well. If you'd like to take a look, click here.

Bottled Water Tops Beverage Choices
Regular cola came out on top for taste in a survey of 1,300 US consumers' views on a wide range of beverages, but bottled water fared best overall.

  • 1st for thirst quenching with 58% agreeing, followed by sports drinks at 36%.
  • 1st for healthy choice with 58%, followed by hot tea at 31%.
  • 1st for goes well with food at 48%, followed by regular cola at 40%.
  • 2nd for tastes great with 35%, behind regular cola at 39%, but ahead of hot coffee on 32% and iced tea at 31%.

The tastes great score is particularly encouraging for the future of US public health.

Passengers Allowed to Drink Water
Typically the Metro in Washington D.C. restricts the use of food and drink on its trains, but during this week's unusual heat wave that ban has been lifted. The transit agency will be allowing riders to drink only water through Friday night when the heat wave is expected to reach its hottest point.

The heat index for Washington recently exceeded 104.

Brands In The News...

Hawaiian Springs announces its water bottles will now be created out of 30% post consumer plastic or rPET plastic (rPET is recycled polyethylene terephthalate) at the company's plant in Kea'au, Hawaii.

Believe It or Not...

This is bottled water (in a can)...not sure what the rest of it says, however

A little scary...."you'll be surprised at the taste" Shibushi is in Japan, by the way!

Taking Bottle Design to a Whole New Level....or Shape
called Body Water...how apropos

Spotted Somewhere......

a hotel mini-fridge

Water moves around the earth in a water cycle. The water cycle has five parts: evaporation, condensation, precipitation, infiltration and surface run-off.

Less than 1% of the water treated by public water systems is used for drinking and cooking.

There are 7.48 gallons of water in a cubic foot, or 28.315 Liters. This equates to 56.6 bottles of water, 500ml (16.9oz) each.

If you leave the water running when you brush your teeth, you will waste approximately 2 gallons.

The koala bear and the desert rat do not drink water.