From rainfall to refreshment
Our water’s been on a journey through time, to deliver revitalising purity today
Around 5,000 years ago, there was spot of inclement weather around Buxton (well, some things never change). Yep, the heavens opened, and rain fell on a pristine Neolithic Peak District. And while this may seem like an unremarkable event, it was actually the start of something quite extraordinary.
Because that was the moment the Buxton Natural Mineral Water that we drink today, was born. That’s right – the history of Buxton Water began 5,000 years ago, and it’s still going today.
As you can see, our water won’t be rushed. It’s got places to be and things it has to do before being Naturally Pumped Up, bottled and is good and ready to give vital refreshment to us 21st century types. Like it was being filtered downwards through a mile of Derbyshire limestone over five millennia, for a start.
Only by doing that can it pick up the unique blend of minerals which makes it so special. These things take time, a lot of time – but we’re sure you’ll agree it is well worth the wait.
Pumping up Britain throughout the ages
We’re not the first generation to fall in love with our water’s refreshing purity, of course. The Romans worshiped the stuff, creating a settlement known as Aquae Arnemetiae, or the Spa of the Goddess of the Grove (if we’re going to get all swanky about it). Over time, the Spa of the Goddess of the Grove became Buxton, pure and simple.
Nope, we don’t know why either. In fact, no one does (although it’s probably got something to do with the down-to-earth local character – we’re not into anything too fancy).
Buxton Water’s history doesn’t end there. What we do know is that Buxton and its water went from strength to strength, gathering fans the length and breadth of the country. In the 18th century, the Duke of Devonshire was drawn to its reputed healing properties, with word spreading throughout the aristocracy. Later, those famous water-takers, the Victorians, flocked here in their masses to drink in its goodness, bathe in it and generally have a jolly old time enjoying the spa and magnificent Peak District countryside.
It was these water tourists that really sparked the Buxton boom, with wonderful Victorian architecture springing up along the edge of the beautiful River Wye, to provide hospitality for their stay. And from there, Buxton grew into the bustling market town we know today.
Moving with the times (while staying precisely the same)
Although the refreshing vitality of Buxton Natural Mineral Water hasn’t changed one jot in thousands of years, the way it gets from our source at St Ann's Spring to you, is bang up to the minute. Our brand new, state-of-the-art bottling factory lying slap-bang in the heart of the beautiful Peak District, guarantees the water you drink is as pristine as nature intended. And it’s completely untouched by any human, until you get it down your neck, naturally.
The way our water is bottled isn’t the only thing that’s ultra-modern and hi-tech either. Our bottles have also changed with the times, reflecting the way we live now. We have light weighted our bottles so they’re amongst the lightest in the UK. Now there’s something for everyone – choose anything from our 1L big bottle to our handy 50cL or 75cL Sports Cap bottles, for quick refreshment on the court, track or on the go.
Keeping Buxton pure, now and in the future
We’re proud of Buxton Water’s history, and we want to make sure other people can enjoy our water in the future. Preserving the environment is something we’re totally up for. After all, our water’s vital purity depends on it (and we’re pretty proud on being from a stunning part of the world too).
That’s why you’ll find us doing our bit to keep Buxton beautiful. Like planting a wildflower butterfly meadow at our bottling factory to encourage rare indigenous species.
And we’re not afraid to muck in and get our hands dirty either, as we do on World Water Day and Project WET (Water Education for Teachers).
And we’re not afraid to muck in and get our hands dirty either, as we do on World Water Day on March 22nd and Project WET (Water Education for Teachers). We’ve also created a jam packed exciting program with the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust called Get Better With Nature to promote the benefits of nature and biodiversity.
We do all of this and more, because we passionately believe that by protecting our source and the stunning landscape surrounding us, we can ensure our water will stay as pure, vital and refreshing as it’s always been, for generations to come.
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* Water contributes to the maintenance of normal physical and cognitive function and normal regulation of body temperature. At least 2L of water, from all sources, should be consumed per day, as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle