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The many uses of spring water around the world span history. Spring water has been used for basic survival, medicinal purposes, and for man’s entertainment, pleasure, and dalliance. Hippocrates and ancient Greek physicians were versed in the health benefits of mineral water therapy. In early recorded history, the Egyptians and Arabians discussed the use of mineral waters for healing the ill. Mythology and legend date the thermal springs of Bath, England, to 800 b.c. Hannibal refreshed himself with bubbling spring water at Vergeze on his way to attack Rome in 218 b.c. Therapeutic application of mineral waters was very popular in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Significant expenditures were made throughout Europe and the United States to develop lavish resorts and vacation spots at new famous spas near mineral springs.

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George, L.D. (2001). Uses of Spring Water. In: LaMoreaux, P.E., Tanner, J.T. (eds) Springs and Bottled Waters of the World. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-56414-7_6

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