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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. 

31st ANNUAL BERKELEY SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL WATER TASTING

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ~ May 22, 2021
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

June 4-6, 2021

BERKELEY SPRINGS, WV – The Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting welcomes waters from more than a dozen countries, and states as far away as Hawaii on Saturday, June 5. 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 and sparkling waters begins at 2:30pm. Non-carbonated bottled waters are tasted at 6:30pm. Winners in all categories are announced 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, Tajikistan and Korea. “The impact of winning this event is extraordinary for a bottler,” said Jill Klein Rone, event organizer.  “Several have experienced exponential growth, others closed major deals, and almost all winners redesign their labels to display their winning medal.”

New this year, the public votes online for the People’s Choice package design.  Voting begins May 22 and goes until June 5 at 8pm.  Anyone, anywhere can vote by going to www.berkeleysprings.com. “How the product looks has become ever more important as the bottled water industry continues to grow,” said Klein Rone. “There are now more than 600 brands of bottled water.”

This year’s water tasting is a little different.  Many look forward to the world famous ‘water rush,’ which typically closes the event.  But not this June.  Out of an abundance of caution, masks and social distancing are required at Friday’s seminar and Saturday’s events.  There will be no public tastings, evening reception or water rush.  Extra water will be donated to the Eastern Panhandle Empowerment Center. While recommendations have suddenly changed, organizers are staying with the protocols developed to ensure maximum safety and privacy for all of those involved and attendees.  The feedback regarding these decisions has been very positive and appreciated.

“We want to thank everyone in advance for their understanding and cooperation,” said Travel Berkeley Springs president, Stephanie Rebant.

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.

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.

A distinguished panel of media judges determine the official winners.  Judges have included representatives from Business Insider TV, Blue Ridge Outdoors and WV Executive Magazines, as well as journalists whose work appears in the Washington Post, Washingtonian and Travel and Leisure Magazine, among others, as well as podcasts and blogs. The award-winning event was featured on a National Geographic Today television special as well as repeated documentaries, is a chapter in John Lingan’s book “Homeplace,” and has been named to various top event lists. It was voted runner up for Weirdest Festival in the Blue Ridge.

“Water: Beneath the Surface and Around the Globe,” the event’s seminar, addresses industry issues on Friday, June 4 from 1 – 5pm.  Topics include the bottled water industry’s response to disasters and emergencies, consequences of population migration, protecting drinking water through land conservation and balancing large scale land use changes while protecting the environment. Both the seminar and Saturday night’s events are live streamed on the BerkeleySpringsWV Facebook page.

Jeanne Mozier, founder of the water tasting, as well as Executive Producer, VP, marketing director and founder of Travel Berkeley Springs will receive the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award posthumously.  Jeanne Mozier was the driving force behind the Berkeley Springs International Water tasting for 30 years. She spent many hours each year creating the mandala-like bottled water displays. She’s now shining brightly among the stars.

Special events and activities are everywhere in Morgan County Friday, June 4 through Sunday. For more information, call 800-447-8797 or check the award-winning Website — www.berkeleysprings.com.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ~ May 22, 2021
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: Disasters, Population Migration, Conservation and Protection

BERKELEY SPRINGS, WV —– The 31st Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting begins with a seminar, Water: Beneath the Surface and Around the Globe on Friday, June 4 from 1 to 5pm at The Country Inn.  It is free and open to the public.

Joe Doss, President and CEO of the International Bottled Water Association begins Friday’s seminar with a discussion of the bottled water industry’s role in response to natural disasters and other emergency situations.

Water infrastructure science specialist, J. Scott Shipe, furthers the discussion with the disaster in Texas and population migration.

The public will learn how to protect water through land conservation with a presentation by Tanner Haid, of WV Rivers Coalition and Kristin Mielcarek, of the Canaan Valley Institute.

Kate Lehman and Rebecca MacLeod, President and Vice President of the Warm Springs Watershed Association discuss what citizens can do to embrace progress, but protect the environment, particularly vulnerable water supplies.

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.

Out of an abundance of caution, masks and social distancing are required at Friday’s seminar and Saturday’s events.  There will be no public tastings, evening reception or water rush. Extra water will be donated to the Eastern Panhandle Empowerment Center. While recommendations have suddenly changed, organizers are staying with the protocols developed to ensure maximum safety and privacy for all of those involved and attendees.  The feedback regarding these decisions has been very positive and appreciated.

“We want to thank everyone in advance for their understanding and cooperation,” said Travel Berkeley Springs president, Stephanie Rebant.

The two-day Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting hosts waters from all over the world at The Country Inn on Friday and Saturday, June 4 & 5.  It is produced by Travel Berkeley Springs. The seminar and Saturday’s award ceremony are live streamed on the BerkeleySpringsWV Facebook page. Online voting for People’s Choice package design takes place at berkeleyspring.com from May 22 through June 5. 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 2021 INTERNATIONAL WATER TASTING LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
TO BE AWARDED TO Jeanne Mozier

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lifetime Achievement Award 2020: Arthur von Wiesenberger

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