Colorado’s Eldorado Artesian Springs, Inc. Wins 2019 Gold Medal Award for Best Municipal Water in U.S.

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At the prestigious Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting event, Eldorado Springs Natural Spring Water again won gold medal for best municipal water in the U.S.

The source for Eldorado Natural Spring Water is under immense, natural artesian pressure, which forces the water through layers of sandstone and up to the surface, creating a natural filtering system.

112 water entries from 5 continents were recently judged in the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting event, which is known for presenting the world’s most prestigious water tasting awards. Eldorado Springs Natural Spring Water again won gold medal for best municipal water in the U.S.

Located in Eldorado Springs, Colorado, Eldorado Natural Spring Water has received awards from Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting for eleven previous years’ submissions.

Bottled, sparkling, and municipal waters from around the world compete each year in the spa town of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, for the best tasting water award. The event is the longest-running water tasting competition in the world, and water entries are judged by journalists and food critics from various regional and national media outlets, including television, newspapers, and online magazines who base their scoring on odor, taste, mouth feel, and aftertaste. This year, judges tasted waters sourced from 12 countries in 6 different categories.

No stranger to winning gold, silver, and bronze at this prestigious event, Colorado native Eldorado Springs went head-to-head with past medalists like Clearbrook British Columbia, Canada, and Independence, MO in best municipal water in the world and U.S. categories. This year, Eldorado Springs took home the gold for the best municipal water in the U.S. for the second time.

“The consistency in winners from year to year with different panels of judges validates the choices,” said experienced watermaster, Arthur von Wiesenberger. “It also speaks to the impressively high caliber of the waters entered.”

Interestingly, the population of Eldorado Springs, Colorado, is only about 250, leaving very few people to regularly experience and enjoy the gold standard straight from the tap. However, the municipal utility that is operated by the popular Colorado bottled spring water company that shares the town's name also bottles the delicious spring water for distribution and delivery around the Rocky Mountain region.

Eldorado Artesian Springs, Inc. was founded in 1983 and purchased many of the Eldorado Springs Resort properties, including 40 acres of land, the springs, the water rights, the bottling plant, the ballroom, and the historic spring-fed resort pool. The company, which started with five-gallon water delivery service to homes and businesses in Colorado, has experienced steady growth ever since. Over the years, they have expanded their operations to include products such as single-serve bottled water, custom water labels for events, and even organic vitamin spring water. Continuing with innovation and continual improvement, they became the first water bottle company in the U.S. to use 100 percent recycled plastics (rPET) in 2010.

According to Eldorado Natural Spring Water cofounder Jeremy Martin, great tasting water is all about the source. "The water utility comes directly from our fresh springs and into the town," Martin said.

The nuances in water tasting often go unrecognized, and most of us only know that we instinctually prefer the taste of some brands of bottled water over others. But for the water critics judging the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting event, even a 0.5 difference in pH can be noticed. Because characteristics like clarity, smell, mineral content, and pH levels significantly impact taste, it’s no surprise that as one of the most unique water sources in the world, Eldorado Springs consistently produces award winning water.

The source for Eldorado Natural Spring Water is under immense, natural artesian pressure, which forces the water through layers of sandstone and up to the surface, creating a natural filtering system. Protecting the fresh spring water source from all other ground waters is a thick layer of clay just above the sandstone that is impervious to ground water.

For the 250 Eldorado Springs residents lucky enough to enjoy the best-tasting municipal water in the U.S. straight from their tap, the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting award probably doesn’t come as a surprise. Colorado residents interested in tasting the difference for themselves can learn more about our delivery service and products at http://www.EldoradoSprings.com.

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