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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. 

29th ANNUAL BERKELEY SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL WATER TASTING

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ~ February 11, 2019
Travel Berkeley Springs – Berkeley Springs, West Virginia
1-800-447-8797 •  www.berkeleysprings.com
Press Contact only: Jill Klein Rone ~ 304-258-3302

February 21-24, 2019
BERKELEY SPRINGS, WV – The 29th Annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting welcomes nearly one hundred waters from across the country and around the globe on Saturday, February 23. Held at The Country Inn in the historic spa town of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, it is the largest and longest running water tasting competition in the world dubbed by media “the world’s most prestigious water tasting”  and this year, the Academy Awards of Water.

A panel of trained judges begin tasting municipal waters, followed by purified drinking water, 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 every continent but Antarctica. “The impact of winning this event is extraordinary for a bottler,” said Jeanne Mozier, one of the event founders.  “Several have experienced exponential growth, others closed major deals, and almost all winners redesign their labels to display their winning medal.”  Water from the West Indies is entered for the first time this year joining waters from as far away as Greece, Australia and Taiwan.

Mozier pointed out that the municipal competition looks like a battle of the titans this year with several gold medal winning waters returning to defend their title as best tasting water in the world.

There is a role for the public. All day Saturday, they taste water along with the judges. Most importantly, the public votes for the People’s Choice award for best packaging. “How the product looks has become ever more important as the bottled water industry continues to grow,” said Mozier. “There are now more than 600 brands of bottled water.”  Mozier noted that the newest look entered is water in recyclable aluminum cans.  “Special for us is that the spring water Little Switzerland is canning comes from Sweet Springs, WV, one of our earliest winners.”

A second People’s Choice event is in its second year: Best Flavor Essence Sparkling Water.

Mozier admits the event may seem a little tame. “The real excitement for the audience comes at the conclusion,” she explains. “Once the awards are presented, we stage the now world-famous ‘water rush’ where folks scramble to take home some of the hundreds of bottles of water that have been used for display.” The “water rush” was highlighted by cable television’s Games Across America.

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. The unique event, dubbed the “granddaddy of water tastings,” by von Wiesenberger, is produced by Travel Berkeley Springs and open to the public.

Handcrafted glass water drops, created by West Virginia’s Appalachian Glass, are presented as awards in the municipal, bottled and still water categories as well as for purified drinking water and best packaging design.

Judges in 2019 include a Guardian columnist as well as journalists whose work appears in the New York Times, Washingtonian Magazine and Mother Earth News among others, and in podcasts and blogs.  Documentary filmmaker Adam Ridley has chosen to make this year’s water tasting his newest project.  Following his Netflix series “Last Chance U,” Ridley confessed he was looking for something fun to film.  The award-winning event has also been featured on a National Geographic Today television special, is a chapter in John Lingan’s book “Homeplace,” and been named to various top event lists.

“Water: Beneath the Surface and Around the Globe,” the event’s seminar, addresses protecting and providing water on Friday, February 22 from 1 – 5pm. Speakers include John Harris, Manager of Operations, Wannon Water, Victoria, Australia; Kenneth J. Guoin, Founder, Ophora Water Technologies; Kate Lehman, President, Warm Springs Watershed Association; Robert (Bob) J. Andryszak, PE, Director, Wastewater, RK&K; and Henry R. Hidell, III, founder of Hidell International.

Joe Doss, President & CEO, International Bottled Water Association is also a presenter at the seminar.  Doss is the 2019 International Water Tasting Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. WaterExpo Guangzhou 2019 and Guangzhou Informa Yi Fan Exhibitions Co., Ltd of China is the presenting sponsor of the Lifetime Achievement Award.  “We are always thrilled when our global reach is reinforced by major international sponsors,” said Mozier, “and we welcome China to our line-up.”

The water tasting weekend begins on Thursday, February 21, with preliminary flights at The Country Inn that are free and open to the public.  The seminar and Saturday’s award ceremony are live streamed on BerkeleySpringsWV Facebook events page.  Special events and activities continue everywhere in Berkeley Springs through Sunday, February 24.  For more information, call 800-447-8797 or check the award-winning Website — www.berkeleysprings.com.

Water Seminar: Protecting and Providing our Water

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ~ February 15, 2019
Travel Berkeley Springs – Berkeley Springs, West Virginia
1-800-447-8797 •  www.berkeleysprings.com
Press Contact only: Jill Klein Rone ~ 304-258-3302
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BERKELEY SPRINGS, WV —- Experts in the world of water come together at the 29th Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting in an afternoon seminar on Friday, February 22 to address threats and solutions to drinking water supply. Topics range from disaster relief to protecting the Bay.
Water: Beneath the Surface and Around the Globe, is free and open to the public from 1-5pm at The Country Inn.

The afternoon session begins with John Harris, Manager of Operations, Wannon Water, Victoria, Australia discussing unique water sources within Wannon Water and the journey to Berkeley Springs, which began with winning regional and national water tasting competitions.

Kenneth J. Guoin, Founder of Ophora Water Technologies has had a lifelong commitment to developing functional water. He presents the emergence of hybrid health enhancing water and what It means to the water industry.

The bottled water industry’s role in response to natural disasters and other emergency situations is the topic of Joe Doss, President & CEO, International Bottled Water Association, this year’s lifetime achievement award winner.

Kate Lehman, President, Warm Springs Watershed Association talks about local Green Storm Water management projects.

Robert (Bob) J. Andryszak, PE, Director, Wastewater, RK&K has spent the last 45 years protecting the Chesapeake Bay. He presents strategies for controlling sediments and nutrients from entering the Chesapeake Bay from the Susquehanna River Watershed.

Continuing discussion of these and other vital water related topics is moderated by global water expert, Henry R. Hidell, III, founder of Hidell International during the last hour of the seminar.

“The global situation with water is dire,” said Festival producer Jill Klein Rone, “but our speakers aim at presenting solutions that communities and individual can undertake. Everyone can make a difference.”

The two-day Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting hosts nearly 100 waters from all over the world at The Country Inn on Friday and Saturday, February 22 and 23.  It is produced by Travel Berkeley Springs. The seminar and Saturday’s award ceremony are live streamed on BerkeleySpringsWV Facebook events 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 2019 INTERNATIONAL WATER TASTING LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
TO BE AWARDED TO Joe Doss
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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