Iceland Water International, IWI for short, is a water bottling company in the town of Thorlakshofn, which is in the Olfus Municipality region in South of Iceland. Iceland Water® is the main brand name and is owned by IWI.
IWI, the bottler of Iceland Water™ brand takes great pride in running a 100% sustainable bottling plant that is powered and heated entirely by geothermal and hydroelectric power from nearby sources and plants. 100.000 sq ft plus plant owned by IWI is a top of the world class facility and is setting new standards as one of the world's greenest and cleanest - making owners and employees proud and community. Fully automated with new innovations and technology. The plant is capable of bottling up to 60.000 bottles per hour - in PET and glass. The entire process takes place in a clean plant environment held to the all the highest laboratory standards. The water for Iceland Water™ is sourced and runs straight from the underground source into the bottling plant. The first time Iceland Water™ finished product encounters the open air outside the plant and after bottling is as the Iceland Water ™ bottle seal is unsealed, and world's finest drinking water is enjoyed. Nothing is ever added or taken away. Iceland Water™ that tastes like water, born and bottled in Iceland.
YES 100% - IWI uses less than 1% of the water source capacity. Even with 3 billion liters output IWI's source will still be under 1 percent utilization. Iceland is covered with geothermal springs sourcing their waters from deep below the earth’s surface. Some of these natural wonders serve as wonderful hotpots where bathers get to enjoy soaking in their heated waters. Others, like the legendary Ölfus Spring, are used to produce bottled water, which is exported worldwide as our Iceland Water®.
100% yes - The energy to power the plant and the entire operation comes from hydro power and nearby geothermal sources. Even the indoor heating of the plant and the offices are green and clean energy from same energy sources.
The hot water is geothermal - the hot water comes from the ground in excess of 100 C + / 212 F +
Our cold water comes out of the ground pure and clean at around 3 C / 35 F, with super low TDS and is naturally alkaline.
Ölfus is an area on the southwest coast of Iceland in Árnessýsla. Many lava formations, wetlands, black sand beaches, cliffs, caves, geothermal areas, and bright hot springs, represent the local landscape. The larger towns nearby are Hveragerði and Þorlákshöfn, though Hveragerði is a separate municipality, and the largest settlement is our town, Þorlákshöfn with about 2000 inhabitants. There are sensational panoramic views of most of the south coast from these coastal towns, some of which overlook Hekla, Eyjafjallajökull, and the Westman Islands. Þorlákshöfn is also popular for having the best surfing in Iceland, with black sand beaches ideal for beginners and superb waves at its lighthouse for advanced surfers. In addition, the area is suitable for hunting Northern Lights due to little or no light pollution. It is only 30 km from the Capital City, Reykjavik and 80 km from Keflavik Int. airport.
The south coast of Iceland is an astonishing medley of waterfalls, glaciers, and famous black sand beaches, home to the biggest glacier in Europe and gateway to some of the most beautiful hiking areas in Iceland.
Olfus spring, also known as our water source, is our water. The story is, that the legendary Olfus Spring came about during a powerful volcanic eruption more than 5,000 years ago in the region. The spring is protected by an impenetrable layer of lava, it is constantly replenished by the gradual filtering of precipitation and snowmelt and glaciers in the highlands over uninhabited and untouched lava fields. Iceland's largest lake overlooks the area behind the mountains in the north, it is part of Iceland's main National Park, Thingvellir. With over 900,000 cubic meters of water overflowing from Olfus Spring into the ocean every day, all around the town and nearby coast, it is one of the world's largest natural springs. Its capacity is widely recognized as one of the most powerful in the world. In fact, the overflow alone is more than twice the entire amount of bottled water consumed in the world some claim and recent measurements substantiate. IWI is using less than 1% of the daily overflow for the Iceland Water™ bottling.
IWI's plant is a walking distance from an international port with cargo ships to the major ports in Europe. No other water bottling plant is this close to an export port, saving us both transport time and reduces CO2 from trucking long distances from the plant to port like most bottling plants have to do.
Fresh water is an abundant resource in Iceland and water is unpolluted and safe for drinking and other uses. Both surface water and groundwater originate from precipitation that has fallen to Earth many years ago, as do glaciers store and release water. Surface water is found on the Earth's surface, where it forms lakes, ponds, rivers and streams. The permeability of strata is variable and depends on the age of the Icelandic bedrock. Permeability is highest in Iceland‘s active volcanic zones, which are characterized by young rock and deep fissures. Groundwater, like our Iceland Water™ is water that has seeped into the ground, infiltrating fissures and cavities in the bedrock, where it can reach down to considerable depths. If groundwater comes into contact with hot intrusive rock then the water will heat up, causing it to rise to the surface and form a geothermal area. Access to water is of primary importance for the well-being of the Icelanders and the uses of water are diverse. Aquifers provide drinking-water, geothermal water is used for house heating and the power of glacial rivers and geothermal steam for electricity production. Rivers and lakes support a diversity of aquatic life. Icelanders have one of the highest uses of freshwater in the world, luckily Iceland has also the largest water reserves per capita in the world. Drinking water in Iceland originates mainly from groundwater (96%). Icelandic water has a low chemical content compared to that of other countries, a major factor being the mainly basaltic composition of the bedrock. Drinking water is alkaline, with a pH of 6.5-9.5. Low concentrations of calcium and magnesium ions mean that the water is classified as soft and easy on the taste buds. The quality of tap water is well monitored so it‘s safe to drink straight from the tap. It is available all over Iceland and it‘s completely free. The international community has defined that access to clean drinking water as a basic human right, essential for the well-being of all the Earth‘s inhabitants. In 2007, Iceland adopted the EU Water Framework Directive from 2000. The Water Framework Directive contains rules on water collection, water protection and monitoring. Icelandic legislation and regulations on water protection expressly ban water pollution. The Environment Agency of Iceland, together with municipal boards of health, handles monitoring of water protection areas and the Icelandic Meteorological Office is responsible for hydrological research in Iceland. Iceland Water International benefits from all above, hence it can bottle the Iceland Water™ at no harm to the environment.