Our 16-Year Search For The Best Possible Drinking Water

Is the water we’re drinking high quality? What does "high quality" drinking water actually mean? These two key questions are what we, the Muhr family, set out to answer, after one evening around the dinner table in the spring of 1999.

Immediately, we noticed a frustrating lack of quality markers for drinking water. How could something so important be so unclear? So we set out to uncover the most important qualities of the water we all drink.

In Pursuit of Excellence

Setting out in the spring of 1999 to uncover the most important qualities of the water we all drink, we wanted to achieve two things. First: determine the true definition of “best possible drinking water”. Second: locate a natural, sustainable source of drinking water in its purest form.

Working with a team of scientists and water experts, we began to establish some core metrics for defining drinking water quality. Using their criteria, we began testing a large number of waters in laboratories. The results were eye-opening. What they revealed was that there wasn’t a single commercially available drinking water that met our criteria for “high quality”. Surely there had to be a natural water source somewhere that would make the grade… but where?

Determined to find the answer, our team of geologists scoured the globe for a particular geological structure that might produce superior quality water. What happened next took everyone by surprise - less than a handful of areas globally would even qualify! And only one in Europe!

A Shocking Discovery

Incredibly, the findings suggested that the answer to our question had by chance been close at hand… in Austria! More determined than ever, we re-focused the search to the area identified, and in September 2005 we found what we’d been looking for - an artesian aquifer, 700ft (214m) deep in a layer of rock beneath Obertraun, in the Hallstatt region of Upper Austria.

The water in the aquifer arrives there after a 10-year journey beginning as raindrops in the mountains above, then filtering through layers of the highest quality limestone. Protected from pollution by a level of earth called a Glacial Moraine, the aquifer appeared to be the natural source we’d been searching for. So, had we crossed oceans and continents in search of what had always been within reach?

Rigorous Quality Testing

Before we could celebrate this breakthrough, we had to be certain the water in the aquifer was of the required quality. So a multi-year - and multi-season - testing cycle began, to ensure the water at the Dachstein Well was suitable for bottling. This allowed us to confirm 4 important points:

  • The aquifer was constantly replenishing
  • It had never been exposed to atmospheric contamination
  • It does not impact other water sources
  • The water was stable, with no change to its make-up over time

Once these facts had been independently confirmed it was time to embark on collecting the 57 permits needed to collect and bottle this pure, high quality water.

Finally, a drinking water that meets the highest standards

Now, Hallstein Water is ready for you to taste - as unfiltered, unprocessed and unaltered as it is at the source.

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