The natural Mivela water spring is situated in the area of Veluće village, Serbia, in the Pasjačka river bed at 720 ft above sea level. Mivela sparkling natural mineral water is distinguished by its high level of magnesium. The natural mineral water is collected from a depth of almost 300 feet without forced pumping. The spring itself is situated at the entrance to woods in natural surroundings untouched, and away from settlements. On its journey from spring to bottle, Mivela runs only through a natural sand filter without any additional treatment, maintaining all the unique properties of Mivela. The bottling plant has been in operation since 1985.

The first hydro geologic investigations in this region date from the beginning of the 20th century, when the healing groundwater was found. Prof. Dr Marko Leko, first president and founder of the Serbian Chemical Society established in 1897, performed the first chemical analysis of the mineral water from the Velucé spring in 1901, finding 352mg/l of MgO (magnesium oxide). The quantity of Magnesium in 1 liter will satisfy the body’s daily need for this mineral. The magnesium exists in a form that can be absorbed and used in the body for vital functions without any unwanted side effects on digestion.

Mivela comes in plastic bottles, and is available in 250ml, 500ml, 1L and 1.5L sizes.

Water In The News...
Another Report Reflecting a Decline for CSD's
Following our articles in both the February and March FH, Beverage Digest's (BD) latest newsletter summarizes the beverage industry’s tough 2013, including CSD (carbonated soft drink) volume dropping to 8.9 billion cases, compared to 10.1 billion in 2003.

“Total U.S. CSD volume is now back to where it was in 1995,” BD writes.

CSD volume has declined for nine consecutive years, and the 3 percent decline in 2013 was worse than the 1.2 percent decline in 2012 and the 1 percent decline in 2011.

First Vitamin Water,
Then Coconut Water, Now....
Determining the category may be a little complicated. Is it an enhanced water, natural water or functional beverage? That's yet to be seen. A new entry in the marketplace comes from Cactus. It does have some added flavors, so we don't see it in the "Fine Water" category, but we thought we would let you know anyway. Currently available in California, it's a blend of prickly pear cactus and extract, filtered water, stevia and organic lemon juice.

Water May Have Been Discovered
Scientists have been looking for life in other parts of the Universe for decades. The presence of water may have been discovered in one of Saturn’s moons, Enceladus. It is reported to have an ocean of liquid water 10 kilometers deep under a 30-40 kilometer thick layer of ice. There is no truth to rumor Nestles Waters' has filed for bottling rights.

Arsenic In Well Water Could Lower IQ
Scientists from Columbia University and the University of New Hampshire recently completed a five-year study of 272 school children in Maine who had been exposed to arsenic in well water. They found that even at low levels, 5 or more parts per billion, the exposure could correlate to lower intelligence, as much as five to six points on IQ tests. One of the researchers who coordinated the testing, Professor Amy Schwartz from the University of New Hampshire, said, 'This is a great piece of public health research. People shouldn't panic, but be informed.' To read the full study click here;

What To Drink On Your Next Flight?
We all know that bottled water is your best choice for healthy hydration at home, at work, or on the go, but according to The Huffington Post, it should also be your only choice when up in the air. The March 31, 2014 article, “16 Alarming Airline Secrets That Will Change How You Feel About Flying,” cites airline insiders stating that bottled water is the way to go when hydrating in-flight.

Recent Ban in San Francisco Draws Criticism
San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors recently approved one of the strictest bans on the sale of bottled water in the nation. The ban forbids the use of city funds to purchase bottled water, and would make it illegal to sell bottled water of 21 fluid ounces or less thereby restricting consumer and employee access to single-serve bottled water on city and county property, including parks, concerts, large public events, and mobile food trucks. An IBWA press release opposes this bill and supports the right of San Franciscans to choose clean, safe, healthy, refreshing, reliable, and zero-calorie bottled water when making their beverage decisions and that efforts to eliminate access to bottled water on San Francisco city or county property will force people to choose less healthy drink options, which have more packaging, more additives (e.g., sugar, caffeine), and greater environmental impacts than bottled water.

Water Bottle Art

ok, we do have an affinity for penguins

The optimum depth of water in a birdbath is two and a half inches.

Groundwater can take a human lifetime just to traverse a mile.

50% of the Niagara River never makes it to the Falls: it is diverted for power.

One and a half million gallons of water flow through the Niagara River every second. Enough to fill 5,677,500 1 Liter bottles.

The average temperature of all oceans is about 39 degrees F (3.89 C)