Fonte Solé, located at the heart of the village of Nuvolento in Lombardy, Italy, is a family operated business with a long-standing awareness of environmental and social concerns.
Originally founded by Battista Bodei in 1896, it is now his grandson Giuseppe who continues the tradition of only employing local people. Many years ago, before environmental concerns were paramount, Giuseppe took the decision to bottle Solé Classic in bottles made from recycled glass and to use recycled paper for the labels. Their marketing materials are designed by a social enterprise.
Fonte Solé is an active supporter of the local community, supplying its pure water without cost to the pupils of the local school.
Naturalness has historically been a core part of Fonte Solé's ethos – the natural mineral water they bottle flows directly from the Source into the bottling production line with only the addition of CO2 (itself harvested from a natural process) to create the renowned delicate carbonation of Solé sparkling.
Around the year 1000, the population of Nuvolento was ravaged by plague. At the time, the area was under the control of Benedictine monks and they built their monastery near a water source. To gauge the extent of the plague, the monks would go around knocking on doors: "Ego Sum" was the response that meant the plague had not entered that house. After the epidemic was over, the monks noticed that the only people surviving the plague were those with access to the water from the source near the monastery. They then decided to name that part of the country "Sum". The existing convent on the site of the old monastery and the road named "Antica Fonte", "Ancient Way of the Source" gives credence to this legend.
As a premium bottled natural mineral water, Solé Water is known for its crisp, slightly sweet and refreshing taste. The well-balanced group of minerals in Solé is derived from a natural filtration process as the water works it way through varying geological rocks and minerals to the underground and well-protected source.
The Sum Source is found in the province of Brescia located in the commune of Nuvolento, situated at the foot of a series of limestone hills that rise to the northeast of Brescia. The hills constitute the Brecian Pre-Alps complex. The oligominerale (low in mineral content) water of the Sum Source emerges at the "Via Antica Fonte" in Nuvolento. This surface outlet would seem to correspond to the point at which the limestone-dolomite formation meets the alluvial deposits from the valley of the river Chiese. It is from this basin that the unique and delicious tasting Solé Water is sourced.
Water In The News...
California Drought Affecting Water Supply
After three consecutive years of below-normal rainfall, California faces its most severe drought emergency in decades. Governor Jerry Brown has called for Californians to reduce water use by 20 percent voluntarily, and mandatory rationing could be ordered soon so that homes, businesses and farms don’t run dry over the summer. Bottled water is even being trucked in to communities declaring a State of Emergency.
Volunteers delivering donated bottled water.
Fourth Annual LA Food & Wine Festival
Celebrity chefs, world-class restaurants, wineries, and live entertainment took over the streets of Santa Monica, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and Downtown LA on August 20-24.. With more than a hundred chefs and dozens upon dozens of sommeliers, wineries, and breweries, it’s a gathering of the world’s foremost culinary talent. Rays & Stark Bar was present with their menu of 20 different waters. Aqua Maestro provides some of these as well, including Iskilde pictured above.
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Price Gouging In Hawaii
As hurricanes Iselle and Julio began boring down on Hawaii, complaints of price gouging grew. Some complaints were lodged saying that bottled water was selling for as much as $40/case.
Plant Waters In Bloom
In our April '14 edition of the Fountainhead, we introduced cactus water. In the July edition last month, our featured water was De'Laubier made from maple trees. Coconut water has already become a household word. So, what's next.....would you believe it if we said artichoke water, or perhaps olive water? Both waters are beginning to appear, and they carry an added bonus, the healthy characteristics of both vegetables.
Arty, already on some store shelves has broken through the "yuck" factor as explained by CEO Dr. Howard Ketelson. As expressed on twitter, for every person that says, "Why on earth would I drink that?" another person will think, "I wonder what that tastes like?" more can be found at www.artywater.com.
Now also enter Olive Water. This product has not yet graced the shelves, but is being produced as we write this. Two Greek brothers, Yani and Thanassi Andrianos realized although Americans drink a lot of beverages, they are not getting the nutritional value olives provide. Every bottle of olive water, will carry the same nutritional value as 1/4 bottle of olive oil.
Believe It Or Not
Did You Know Henry Ford....
... was an early proponent of bottled water, and took the beverage wherever he went? Like a lot of innovators ahead of their time, Henry Ford had an eccentric side when it came to what he consumed. Ford never drank cold water, and always drank it room temperature. He was such an avid fan of bottled water that water bottle holders were added to Ford’s personal 1929 Model A Coupe and his Model T Coupe.
PBS Show Downton Abbey Bans Water Bottles....
Not as an effort to make a politically correct statement, however to stop the blooper which took place recently. The grand country home Downton Abbey provides the set for this TV drama, which is filmed, beginning in the years leading up to World War I. It seems in a promo shot featuring Hugh Bonneville and Laura Carmichael, a rogue water bottle appears. Do you see it sitting on the mantle?
The cast, acknowledging the blooper, then took it one step further, releasing this photo
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The New York City water supply system leaks 36 million gallons per day.
17,000,000 households use private wells for their water supply.
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