Most of the Worlds' Bottled Water comes from someplace other than the USA. For 100's and even 1000's of years, the world has been drinking water from springs, or jugs or glass bottles. One water, however, has made its mark in history. From deep beneath the Adirondack foothills flows a well celebrated spring water. 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 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
SaratogaSpring 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 it once did in 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...
Update....Brain Eating Amoeba
Last issue we reported about a rare Naegleria fowleri amoeba which was confirmed to be in the water supply of a Louisiana parish and was blamed for the death of a 4-year-old boy. According to a follow-up article, St. Bernard Parish was under 15 feet of floodwater back in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina devastated areas of Louisiana. "...water pipes were broke, the water pressure was zero, and ...the water "sat" around the parish and in the sun for years...according to Jake Causey, chief engineer for the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals.

Raoult Ratard, Louisiana's state epidemiologist, said studies have shown that the summer heat could have destroyed the residual chlorine that was added to municipal water and without the chlorine, the amoeba would multiply. This is just a theory however, and we note some scientists have already disputed this. The exact answer may not be known.

Coming Up Soon -
10th Global Bottled Water Congress

The Global Bottled Water Congress, coming up November 12-14, 2013 in Nashville, TN, is hosted by Zenith International. It's a three day event incorporating market briefings, conference sessions and a Gala Awards Dinner. A focus on consumer trends, innovation case studies and growth opportunities. Speakers and companies well known to the world of bottled water, such as Nestles, Voss, DS Waters and a host of others will be there.

Operation Thirst Quencher
Make sure you know what's in your water bottle. "Operation Thirst Quencher" was the name of an investigation spreading from Denver Colorado to Mexico. "Investigators have uncovered and interrupted an international drug-smuggling ring that trafficked meth from Mexico through the ports of entry in El Paso, Texas and San Diego, California" according to DEA agent Barbra Roach. Officials say Mexican drug cartels started using flavored water bottles to hide liquid meth in plain sight. For more; click here.

By The Numbers
Slow and steady, that's what we like to see!

New On The Packaging Front
API Spa, a leader in the biopolymer industry, together with SACMI - the international leader in machines for packaging, have produced a 100% biodegradable mineral water bottle cap.

Bottled Water Lowest Usage Among Drinks
The results of a new study released by the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) show that the amount of water used to produce bottled water products is less than all other types of packaged beverages. On average, only 1.39 liters (1.39L/L) of water is used to produce every one liter of finished bottled water. To put this in perspective to the beverage industry as a whole, it took 2.02L/L to produce a bottle for the soft drink industry in 2011, and they may have only seen modest improvements since then.

Brands In The News

Beverly Hills 9OH2O, the world's first sommelier crafted water, recently announced that it won the Beverage Innovation Award for the World's Best Still or Sparkling Water. The awards have been presented annually since 2002 by FoodBev Media,

Fiji Is A Big Name In Bottled Water
...but did you know...53 percent of the inhabitants of the Island of FIJI do not have a reliable source of fresh drinking water!

Fiji Bottling Plant


Believe It Or Not
Dirtball....What's in a Name?
In this case...water bottles. A former racecar driver, Joe Fox decided to make his idea for an eco-friendly clothing line a reality in 2008 after having a few too many drinks at a bar, he said. He estimates that with every 100,000 pairs of jeans made, Dirtball -- which also makes shirts, hoodies, socks, polos and shorts -- saves about 900,000 water bottles from being dumped into landfills.

So Simple, Why Didn't We Think of This
Remember your flexible straws? Now a collapsible water bottle called "ohyo"

It's finally many were so patient...We couldn't put it off any longer. Finally...Los Angeles, here we come!

We have already secured a location, and plenty of space. Rather than wait, we may start slow as we build our inventory, but we're already doing business there!

To those customers who have waited for us, we offer our sincere appreciation. If you are in LA, and would like service, give us a call. This is our soft opening, but look for our official roll out to follow.

The water cycle has five parts: evaporation, condensation, precipitation, infiltration and surface run-off.

A litre of water weighs 1.01 kilograms (2.22 lbs).

The United States consumes water at twice the rate of other industrialized nations.

Per capita water use in the western U.S. is much higher than in any other region, because of agricultural needs in this arid region.

More than 87% of the water consumed in Utah is used for agriculture and irrigation