In 2009, the first European Mineral Water Quality Prize was awarded to Spa's natural mineral waters

The European Centre for Mineral Water Research (CERAM*) has awarded the Mineral Water Quality Prize to Spa's natural mineral waters. The award of the prize is the result of a comparative scientific study carried out by CERAM's Scientific Committee and is based on 4 criteria: the intrinsic characteristics of the product, the company's policy relating to the protection of natural resources, Research and Development, as well as the marketing of the product. This is the first time that the CERAM has awarded this European prize.

Professor Massimiliano Imperato, Director of the CERAM, explains: "I am pleased to award this first prize to a Belgian mineral water that has been outstanding in the history of natural mineral waters and that, still today, is well-known for its original purity and consistent quality. The quality of the water has made the name of Spa famous throughout the whole world". The awarding of the prize is also to highlight the efforts of the Spadel Company in protecting the aquifer layers for the Spa waters, one of the largest protected areas in Europe.

Marc du Bois, Managing Director of the Groupe Spadel, dedicated this prize to all employees of the company: "This first European Quality Prize is a wonderful reward for our members of staff who are passionate about the strict protection of the natural water resources. It perfectly reflects Spadel's credo: "When man cares for water, water cares for man". Guaranteeing the original purity of our natural mineral water is a duty towards the generations to come. This is our vision of sustainable development.

(*) Centro Europeo di Ricerca Acque Minerali