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WATER FACTOIDS

  • Water is everywhere, covering 3/4 of the planet’s surface.
  • 97% of the Earth’s water is salt water and over 2% is polluted or part of the ice cap, leaving less than 2% available for human use.
  • Water cleanses, comforts and heals.
  • An indispensable nutrient, it makes up most of human body weight.
  • 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated.
  • A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math and difficulty focusing on the computer screen and/or on a printed page.
  • Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79% and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer.
  • 84% of Americans feel the pollution of water is a major problem.
  • United Nations’ International Decade for Action, Water for Life ~ Celebrated in Berkeley Springs February 24-27, 2011. 

30th ANNUAL BERKELEY SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL WATER TASTING

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ~ February 10, 2020
Travel Berkeley Springs – Berkeley Springs, West Virginia
1-800-447-8797 •  www.berkeleysprings.com
Press Contact only: Jill Klein Rone ~ 304-258-3302

PHOTOS AVAILABLE ON REQUEST

February 20-23, 2020

BERKELEY SPRINGS, WV – The Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting celebrates 30 years and welcomes more than one hundred waters from across the country and around the globe on Saturday, February 22. Held at The Country Inn in the historic spa town of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, it is the largest and longest running water tasting in the world, dubbed by BuzzFeed and The Week “the world’s most prestigious water tasting.”

Tasting of municipal waters, followed by purified drinking water, begins at 2:30pm. Bottled waters, both still and sparkling, are tasted at 6:30pm. Winners in all categories are announced at a public awards reception at 8pm.

More than 700 distinct waters have entered over the life of the event coming from all over the United States and from as far away as Greece, New Zealand and Korea. New this year is municipal water from Innsbruck, Austria.

A distinguished panel of media judges determine the official winners, but there is a role for the public. All day Saturday, they taste water along with the judges. Most importantly, the public votes for two People’s Choice awards, one for best packaging and one for best flavored essence sparkling water.

Watermaster Arthur von Wiesenberger, noted expert and author from Santa Barbara, CA, trains the media judges and directs the challenge of evaluating a product where tastelessness is the most sought after quality. He is also the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. WaterExpo Guangzhou 2020 and Guangzhou Informa Yi Fan Exhibitions Co., Ltd of China is the presenting sponsor of the Lifetime Achievement Award.

“Water: Beneath the Surface and Around the Globe,” the event’s seminar, addresses industry issues on Friday, February 21 from 1 – 5pm.  Topics include the healing waters of Berkeley Springs, chemistry of springs of Ancient Greece, trees as water movers and protectors, and the growing problem of PFAS in water systems throughout the US. The seminar and Saturday’s award ceremony are live streamed on BerkeleySpringsWV Facebook page.

The water tasting weekend begins on Thursday, February 20, with preliminary tastings at The Country Inn that are free and open to the public. Special events and activities continue everywhere in Morgan County through Sunday, February 23. You’ll also get to celebrate the Bicentennial of Morgan County. For more information, call 800-447-8797 or check the award-winning Website — www.berkeleysprings.com.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ~ February 10, 2020
Travel Berkeley Springs – Berkeley Springs, West Virginia
1-800-447-8797 •  www.berkeleysprings.com
Press Contact only: Jill Klein Rone ~ 304-258-3302

PHOTOS AVAILABLE ON REQUEST

Seminar: From Ancient Springs to PFAS

BERKELEY SPRINGS, WV —– The 30th Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting begins with a seminar, Water: Beneath the Surface and Around the Globe on Friday, February 21 from 1 to 5pm at The Country Inn. It is free and open to the public.

As Morgan County begins it’s Bicentennial celebration, local author and historian Jeanne Mozier begins Friday’s seminar with a brief discourse on the geology and properties of the historic Berkeley Springs which George Washington famously called: “ye famed warm springs.”

Dr. Jonathan Flood goes further back in history to explore natural groundwater chemistry and healing cults in Ancient Greece and what we stand to learn from the past about healthy living, environmental stewardship, and water resource protection today.

Energy policy expert, public advocate and co-founder of Advocates for a Safe Water System, Cathy Kunkel discusses the grassroots plan for improvements and changes in the water system in the aftermath of the January 2014 Freedom Industries chemical spill in Charleston, WV.

Frank Rodgers, Executive Director of the Cacapon Institute explains that trees are water movers and protectors. They are called wood but are half water.

2017 Lifetime Achievement Award winner Scott Shipe is the founder of Water Advocacy on YouTube, the top water video information site in the world. Scott presents information on polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), which are being discovered in drinking water across the United States, putting water systems, once again, at the center of an emotional public health debate.

Continuing audience and panel discussion of these and other vital water related topics takes place in the last hour of the seminar, moderated by global water expert, Henry R. “Bob” Hidell, III.

The two-day Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting hosts more than 100 waters from all over the world at The Country Inn on Friday and Saturday, February 21 and 22.  It is produced by Travel Berkeley Springs. The seminar and Saturday’s award ceremony are live streamed on BerkeleySpringsWV Facebook page.  For more information call 800-447-8797 or check the award winning website—www.BerkeleySprings.com

Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting Lifetime Achievement Award for on-going distinguished contributions to the bottled water industry was given for the first time in 2012.

BERKELEY SPRINGS 2020 INTERNATIONAL WATER TASTING LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
TO BE AWARDED TO Arthur von Wiesenberger
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Lifetime Achievement Award 2019: Joe Doss

Lifetime Achievement Award 2018: Jane Lazgin

Lifetime Achievement Award 2017: J. Scott Shipe

Lifetime Achievement Award 2015: Jack C. West

Lifetime Achievement Award 2014: Dian Taylor

Lifetime Achievement Award 2013: Henry R. Hidell, III

Lifetime Achievement Award 2012: James M. Stevens, Sr.

The Golden Award of Excellence 2012: Kunlun Mountains Natural Mineral Water