According to legend, as far back as 218 BC, Hannibal and his army, after crossing Spain on their way to conquer Rome, set up camp on the site of what would later become known as Les Bouillens, a naturally carbonated spring. Soldiers found it remarkably refreshing. The Romans were the first to build a stone basin at the site of the spring, along with a few buildings. These installations were a precursor to the spa that would be built much later on.
Commercial operation really took hold only in 1863, when Napoleon III signed a decree acknowledging that the spring water was a natural mineral water. Six years later, in 1869, fire razed the Vergèze installations. Despite attempts to restore the site, the company experienced heavy losses, and eventually went bankrupt. Louis Rouvière, a Vergèze landowner and businessman, bought the Bouillens estate in 1888, and in 1894, leased the spring, with an option to purchase, to a doctor from Nîmes. In 1898, Dr. Louis Perrier took over ownership of the Bouillens estate.
In 1903, Sir St.-John Harmsworth, a member of the English aristocracy, invested in the property and renamed the spring from Les Bouillens to Source Perrier, named after the dedicated physician who brought it to his attention. St John Harmsworth was instrumental in developing the Perrier Spring Company, giving it a strong identity and image, and became responsible for the distinctively shaped bottle.
Perrier's famous green bottle became popular throughout Europe and was the first sparkling natural mineral water in the U.S. Perrier became an intrinsic part of an active, healthy American lifestyle in the late 1970s.
Nestlé took over Perrier in 1992, forming what would eventually be known as Nestlé Waters SA, which leads the world bottled water market today with 73 brands, including such names as Perrier, Vittel, Valvert, San Pellegrino, Acqua Panna and Contrex.
Water In The News...
By The Numbers...
This illustration shows the top ten sellers of bottled water (both still and sparkling). Although we do make the distinction, these waters are mostly plastic commodity type brands and not "fine waters".
Bottled Water Ban Afflicts Emma Watson
No bottled water was allowed on the set of the Biblical movie “Noah,” which will be released in a few weeks, and it allegedly led star Emma Watson to become sick. In an effort to reduce the crew’s waste, Director Daren Aronofsky banned bottled water on the set. Watson, who was doing shoots at 4 a.m. at times, was “tired and delirious” on the set and needed rehydration. She apparently drank stagnant water, and fell ill.
Just a Few Reasons for Bottled Water...
13 reasons, to be precise, and in just a single week
in February! The headlines read;
- Water still not safe in Murrundi, Australia...due to toxic algae
- Boil water alert in Gardendale, Tx...due to a pipe break
- Boil water advisories for two area schools in Ontario, Canada
- Broken water main shuts down town, must resort to bottled water, Manson, IA
- Boil water notice Limerick County, Ireland.. water supply contaminated after storms
- West Virginia Chemical spill still plagued with fresh water problems, Charleston WV
- Contaminated water supply, Paulsboro, NJ
- Wilderness Ranch, Idaho tells residents to use bottled water, contaminated water supply
- Chilhowie, Va., issues boil water notice due to loss of pressure in water treatment plant
- Water main break, Oslo, MN. Residents told to boil or use bottled water
Waterloo, Iowa, several communities dealing with water issues due to frozen service pipes
Mound City, IL, break in water main, residents using bottled water
Hancock County, GA, schools forced to use bottled water after low pressure from freezing
South Beach Wine and Food Festival 2014
It's that time of year again, and the SOBE Wine and Food Festival was another success. Really, now, how can it not be. After this winter, where would you rather be? Miami hit 86 with sunny skies, and everyone partied day and night.
The picture above is the SLS Hotel where evian sponsored their cocktail party. Wait, is that a duck?
Berkeley Springs Water Tasting
The 24th International Water Tasting is in Berkeley Springs, WV. The Water Tasting is the longest-running water tasting competition in the world. More than 125 water bottlers and municipalities from all over the world have entered in categories such as municipal, purified drinking water, bottled non-carbonated (or water in its natural state), sparkling and packaging design.
Speyside Glenlivet has been unavailable in the States for a number of years now. Aqua Maestro will soon be able to say...available here!! It's about 3 weeks away. Speyside Glenlivet water is sourced from the highest naturally occuring spring in the UK on the remote Scottish Crown Estate of Glenlivet. The Glenlivet name is well known to many Scotch drinkers.
There are almost 800 different brands of bottled water for sale in the United States., most of those brands are in plastic bottles
A corn field of one acre gives off 4,000 gallons of water per day in evaporation
The 8 longest rivers in the U.S. are (in descending order) Missouri, Mississippi, Yukon, St. Lawrence, Rio Grande, Arkansas, Colorado, Ohio.
The 8 largest rivers in the U.S., based on volume, are (in descending order) Mississippi, St. Lawrence, Ohio, Columbia, Yukon, Missouri, Tennessee, Mobile.
The first documented case of selling bottled water in the US was in Boston in the 1760's. Jackson's Spa sold bottled mineral water for therapeutic uses.