An illustrious history is associated with Saratoga Springs, in upstate NY.

Since the 14th century the springs of Saratoga have quenched the thirst of generations with some of the most crisp, clean tasting waters in the world. In fact, the wealthy from Europe and America came to Saratoga Springs for generations, in large part to enjoy the fine mineral waters that flow from deep beneath the lush Adirondack foothills. Soon Saratoga Springs became one of the most prestigious spa resorts in the country.

In 1872 a small family owned business emerged with the discovery of a new, plentiful spring source in Saratoga. This spring had an especially sweet, crisp taste to it. Born was the Saratoga Spring Water Company, with the idea to bottle and distribute this delicious water for all to enjoy. For many decades Saratoga Spring Water Co. remained a family company, bottling the famous waters of Saratoga. Today, Saratoga Spring Water Co. shares generations of history, heritage, and knowledge. Saratoga Spring Water has been through many years of change, adaptation, and technology. Their updated bottling plant, and distribution system, operates at this same family-owned site as since 1872.

Saratoga Sparkling & Non-Sparkling spring water is available in an award winning cobalt blue glass bottle, coming in two sizes, 28 oz (.83L) and 12 oz (.35L).

Water In The News…

IBWA And Consumer Reports Go To Battle
In mid July, Consumer Reports (CR)�a normally reliable, objective publication that evaluates many of the appliances, brands, and products we use every day�waded into the bottled water debate in the magazine's online edition. Unfortunately, CR came down on the side of anti-bottled water activists and misstated fundamental facts about bottled water while repeating easily debunked activist myths. To read their article, click here.

This article primarily discusses the "bottle versus tap" argument, and really does not pertain to single source "fine" water. I believe we have made the distinction between commodity bottled water and "fine bottled water."

Fortunately, the bottled water industry has a friend in the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA), and Tom Lauria, VP if Communications at IBWA, took the time to contact CR and dispute their claims. The CR article is very misleading and over looks many of the favorable aspects of bottled water. To read IBWA's response, click here.

If you are going to educate yourself on this waged war, make sure you read both articles.

DC's Metro Subway Alters Food and Beverage Ban to Allow for Bottled Water
Since its construction in the early 1970s, Washington, DC's Metro subway has enforced a long-standing ban on any food or drink within the subway station and the trains. That all changed in July, when 100+ degree temperatures in the area prompted Metro to permit the consumption of bottled water on the trains.

Plastic Chemicals Leeching Into Water?...Not
Some stories refuse to go away. Drinking water from plastic bottles stored in high temperatures for long periods of time is not that harmful to humans. Recent research confirmed has and dismissed worries over the safety of bottled water especially during the summer months.

It is greatly reassuring to see a recent analysis from South Korea's National Institute of Environmental Research, showing that plastic bottles stay well within safety levels even when heated to 50 degrees C (122 degrees F) for as long as 120 days. The concentration level rose, but still remained far below the recommended limit of 500 parts per billion (ppb).

The research also showed that under similar storage conditions or temperatures, the chemicals' concentration levels rose even less in water kept in glass bottles.

Brands In The News…

VOSS, the Norwegian bottled water company, announced that they have raised $18 million in strategic funding led by new investors, Juggernaut Capital Partners, L.P. and Centra Capital AS. The additional funding will go towards the company's continued growth within the U.S. and Norway, along with further expansion in key international markets

Danone, (Badoit, Evian and Volvic), said water sales grew 16.6% to €1.67 billion, as customers in developed markets increased their spending due to a drought in western Europe.

On The Tech Side

We mentioned this once before in an earlier Fountainhead, but NASA is at it again.
They already had this ability, but like everything else this is now, "new and improved" Not only did the last mission to the International Space Station deliver supplies and equipment, it also delivered a new "baggie system" which has already been used by soldiers to filter out parasites, bacteria, viruses and other contaminants from dirty fluids, including urine.

According to NASA scientist Howard Levine: "This could be a first step toward recapturing the humidity from our sweat, from our breath, even from our urine, and recycling it and making it drinkable."

On The Lighter Side...

Something must be lost in translation...

If all the water in the Great Lakes was spread evenly across the continental U.S., the ground would be covered with almost 10 feet of water.

The first municipal water filtration works opened in Paisley, Scotland in 1832.

There are approximately 7,000 gallons of water in each inch of rain.

A person pays 61 cents for water on a daily basis on average in the United States.

At least 9.6 million households and $390 billion in property lie in flood prone areas in the United States.