Free Friday Water Festival seminars focus on economics and education – The Morgan Messenger


The 32nd International Berkeley Springs Water Tasting kicks off with a seminar titled “Water: Below the Surface and Around the Globe” on Friday, February 25 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Country Inn. It is free and open to the public.

Jonathan Bellingham, Director of Guest Services at Capon Springs Resort and Farms, begins the afternoon with the amazing story of how a West Virginia water keeps flowing through the American experience of the 1700s.s to today.

Scott Shipe, winner of the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award, is the founder of Water Advocacy on YouTube, the world’s best water video information site. Shipe talks about the cost of water and how it outpaces inflation, and examines why many customers can’t afford rising utility rates.

Shayron Barnes-Selby, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Primo Water Corporation, discusses the intersection of bottled water and ESG (environment, social and governance). Today, customers/consumers, employees and shareholders closely assess a company’s purpose and values. How does a company demonstrate its willingness to fulfill the mandates of a clear, yet measurable ESG program? How can an ESG program not only benefit the company but also the society, while contributing to the growth of the company? An advocate for the bottled water industry for more than 36 years, Barnes-Selby is the recipient of this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Tesanjski kiseljak and the company Zema doo from Tesanj, Bosnia and Herzegovina are the main sponsors of the Lifetime Achievement Award.

With the threats of drought, floods, climate change and increasing demand, understanding and managing water takes on new urgency. John Etgen. The CEO of Project WET: Water Education Today, invites attendees to join his interactive presentation and learn how the world’s leading water education organization is tackling water issues and taking action global and local level, ensuring we have water for the future, bringing hope and collective action to an increasingly water-stressed world.

H2O: The intelligence of water. Water is life… and life is water. From the latest scientific research and discoveries to the most spiritual approach, filmmaker and CEO of Wonderland Entertainment, Emmanuel Itier travels the world to discover the true essence of water. He explains how water could be the necessary element to truly transform our civilization of war into a humanity of peace and love.

A continuing audience and panel discussion on these and other vital water-related topics takes place during the final hour of the seminar, moderated by world water expert, Henry R. “Bob” Hidell , III.

Due to the ongoing Covid pandemic, masks will be required. Masking will ensure the safety and privacy of all involved and attendees. The judges and participants welcome this decision. “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 sixteen countries and states as far apart as Hawaii at the Country Inn on Friday and Saturday, February 25-26. It is produced by Travel Berkeley Springs, with support from title sponsor Hawaiian Spring Water. Saturday’s seminar and awards ceremony are streamed live on the BerkeleySpringsWV Facebook page. For more information, call 304-258-9147 or visit the website—


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