Artesian Water Down Under: A Beautiful Story

The Great Artesian Basin covers almost a quarter of the Australian continent and contains enough water to cover the world over. Much remains unknown about this valuable resource that has enabled life in inland Australia to develop over thousands of years. 

Water in the desert? Imagine what it meant to the early inhabitants of inland Australia -- one of the harshest and most arid places on the planet -- to know they had access to fresh artesian water and wetlands. 

OK, now get your head around this: about two million years ago it rained on the Great Dividing Range in Queensland. Today, that same water bubbles up in South Australia. Think about it, the last time this water saw the light of day, giant hippopotamus-sized Diprotodons were grazing on the coast, the Thylacine was alive and hunting, and Australia was the home of a lion called the Thylacoleo, who's claim to fame was the strongest bite of any mammal in history. 

This amazing artesian water has clearly traveled slowly through porous rocks deep in the earth. Sometimes it bubbles up and soaks its way to the surface through springs and other times, Aussies have found ways to dig down to find it. Either way, it's the key to life for about a quarter of the continent. 

For tens of thousands of years this artesian water has been making its way to the surface in spring systems that appear all over the Basin area. these systems bring life to parts of Australia that would otherwise be barren desert. 

Australians get more than the ultimate supply of artesian drinking water. In many areas the water is very hot which has led to an abundant amount of hot pools to pop up across the Basin area leaving the luck Aussies with countless hot springs to soak in. Now that's beautiful, mate! 

 

Trails and Tales

We received word from one of our testers that Beautiful Water perfectly quenched her thirst after a long trail run. And this made us proud, because sometimes you need to hear from others what you already know to be true. Validation. 

She also explained that on this run she met and chatted with a fellow runner about drinking bottled water. He had a plastic sports bottle that he ran with and asked why she didn't hydrate on the run. When she explained that her water was in her car on ice for when she finished, he looked surprised and a little envious. Once at the trail parking lot, she shared a bottle with this new runner friend. 

Never had anyone shared their water with him before and he was super grateful. And surprised at how clean and silky Beautiful Water tasted. More validation and another tester to boot. 

Open your heart and share, be it water or food or time to converse, you won't be sorry. 

Happy trails!  

The Super-Cool Benefits of Being a Water Drinker

Yes, we all know that we are supposed to consume like 9 glasses of water a day. It's all over the news and the blogs and yes, all the chic people do it. But really, what are the benefits? We always hear how your skin looks better and you aren't as hungry because your belly is full of water. We learn that you will have more energy...all if you drink a lot of water. 

OK, fair enough. But the no-so-obvious benefits are far more interesting. Lets take a look. 

Amp up Productivity 

 A glass of water does wonders to help a person get and stay focused, concentrate and be refreshed and alert. 

Fight Off Fatigue

Is coffee your go-too for a pick-me-up? Well try a bottle of water instead because when you're hydrated you are less likely to be tired. 

Pain Management

Water goes a long way to soothe aching joints and muscle cramps. These are often signs of dehydration. 

Kidney Works

The kidneys filter 200 quarts of blood daily sifting out waste and doing their thing. But they need plenty of water to keep things running smoothly. 

Look At The Big Brain

Scientists suggest that water helps feed our brain and enable neurons to connect. It also helps keep the brain from overheating. Drinking water can optimize your brain power! 

The moral of the story?  Drink up, beautiful. 

How to run the Summer Festival Marathon

Thank goodness for festivals. It's where we can gather with our like-minded tribe, listen to awesome jams all while being outside enjoying beautiful (and sometimes HOT) summer weather. Here are a few tips to keep it cool on the inside and cross the finish line in one piece. 

Drink a boat-load of water

Hydration is key friends and you should be drinking one-to-one with those tasty craft beers. Alcohol isn't the best thing to drink in the hot sun for 8 hours straight, 3 days in a row, followed by late-nights of the same. Be sure you drink a water every other drink, it'll keep you moving and grooving and feeing fine the next day. 

Wear a hat

Keeping your peepers shaded will provide shade and keep you cooler. Plus you're skin will thank you! 

Take breaks

Every few hours sit down and relax a bit. Your body needs to have these little naps in order to dance on through the night. 

Recognize the signs of dehydration

Are you dizzy? Mouth dryer than normal and vision blurry? OK you may have enjoyed one too many sweet tea and vodkas, but you might very well be experiencing dehydration. This can sideline you for the rest of the party and who wants that?  Keep the water flowing and remember that key ratio of 1:1 per party drinks. 

Now go out and ENJOY. 

Artesian Aquifer

An artesian aquifer is a confined aquifer containing groundwater under positive pressure. This causes the water level in a well to rise to a point where hydrostatic equilibrium has been reached.

well drilled into such an aquifer is called an artesian well. If water reaches the ground surface under the natural pressure of the aquifer, the well is called a flowing artesian well.[1]

An aquifer is a geologic layer of porous and permeable material such as sand and gravel, limestone, or sandstone, through which water flows and is stored. An artesian aquifer is confined between impermeable rocks or clay which causes this positive pressure. Not all the aquifers are artesian, because the water table must reach the surface (not the case for underground groundwater such as, for example, the Nubian Sandstone Aquifer System). The recharging of aquifers happens when the water table at its recharge zone is at a higher elevation than the head of the well.

Fossil water aquifers can also be artesian if they are under sufficient pressure from the surrounding rocks. This is similar to how many newly tapped oil wells are pressurized.

Artesian wells were named after the former province of Artois in France, where many artesian wells were drilled byCarthusian monks from 1126.[2]