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Bring your own container and fill up with living water. Or buy it in our iconic glass bottles.

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Welcome to the world of happywater – living water, purified, re-revitalized and re-mineralized. 

By applying the ideas and techniques of some of the world’s leading water researchers, we take water on a journey of purification and enrichment to restore it to the life-giving essence that once flowed through ancient rivers and glaciers long before Man began to wreak havoc on the planet’s fragile resources.

This is the story of happywater …

We are what we drink

The human body is 70% water (the brain is 80%). You could say we are water. And we are, truly, what we drink.

From a narrow bio-chemical view, water is just hydrogen and oxygen clumped together. But, seen from an holistic health perspective, there’s much more to water than just H20.

Pristine, living water resonates with vibrational energy and reveals beautiful crystalline structures that radiate its vitality. It also contains a wide variety of minerals and trace elements. Water that is pure, energized, pH- and minerally-balanced can play a vital role in promoting health through:   

> Improved hydration and restoring of the body’s ion balance    
> More efficient transport of nutrients and oxygen into the cells
> Faster intra- and extra-cellular detoxification and removal of waste products

happywater is different. It’s the result of a multi-faceted process that simulates the formation of living water by Nature, imbuing it with subtle vibrational energies and enriching it with a complex mineral balance. And it is made locally from existing water resources. 

The fresh water catastrophe

Our planet’s fresh water supply is in a disastrous state and we are increasingly relying on a closed system of recycled, chemically-treated water. when excreted into the municipal water system, it can carry hormone and drug residues which mix with heavy metals, pesticides and other industrial pollutants as well as disease-causing micro-organisms. This toxic soup requires some serious cleaning to make it potable.

Chlorine is typically used to disinfect our water supply, but that only deals with the challenge of pathogens such as bacteria and viruses. At the same time, chlorine also reacts with organic matter in water to form Disinfection By-Products, or DBPs, which have been linked to damaging health effects. 

So it’s not surprising that, despite the well-meaning assurances of our water authorities, health-conscious consumers have been increasingly turning to home filtration systems and/or bottled waters to mitigate these concerns. Each method, however, brings its own challenges:

Filtered waters: Water filters, reverse osmosis, ionization and distillation provide a vital first line of defence against viral and bacterial contamination, and also remove chlorine (and its by-products) as well as some toxic chemicals and heavy metals from the water. But what sort of water are we left with?

On their own, these purification methods strip water of its minerals, energy and oxygen (its vitality), leaving behind a lifeless liquid.  Distilled water, considered to be chemically and physically the purest form of water, is especially controversial. Austrian water researcher Viktor Schauberger (a key influencer in the happywater story who you will meet below) described distilled water as juvenile and hungry, a far cry from water in its natural state.

There is a growing body of opinion that these lifeless waters are responsible for the build-up of acid waste that contributes to a long list of degenerative ailments.

To counter this, a more recent and fashionable trend has seen the introduction of filter systems that “dial-up” the pH of water to high alkaline levels (a pH of 8 +).

Various claims have been made about the benefits of these super-alkaline waters, but this, too ,goes against the research and philosophy that underpin happywater: we believe Nature knows best – and the natural state of water is slightly acidic or slightly alkaline – never extreme (bear in mind that pH is a logarithmic measurement – a 1 digit difference is in fact a 10-fold change, so a pH of 5 is 10 times higher than a pH of 4.) At happywater we aim for a pH range of 7.4-7.8.

Bottled/Prepared Water: Most bottled waters on supermarket shelves are simply waters processed by the  methods (especially RO) described above. Minerals are sometimes added back, but in a coarse and often unbalanced form which the body really cannot absorb or use. The result is a lifeless substance of little benefit to the human body apart from basic hydration.

Spring Water: Bottled at a certified source, spring water is presumed to be pure and natural, though in truth it’s unlikely there is any water on this planet that has been able to escape the ravages of pollution/contamination. More concerning, however, is the carbon footprint generated by the transport of these spring waters from remote (usually mountain) areas to major centres. This is an unsustainable abuse of a precious resource. Our planet cannot afford the luxury of moving water often tens of thousands of kilometres from source to consumer.

The ideas behind happywater

The key principles behind the making of happywater are:

Water as living energy

Water is a vital, energized substance, continuously transforming from liquid to vapour (evaporation) to liquid (condensation) or ice/snow (freezing) in an endless cycle as it embraces the planet in all its guises, from icebergs and glaciers to rivers, lakes, dewdrops and rainclouds.
According to the principles of biophysics, life equals energy, and happywater seeks to restore our water to its natural, balanced, energetic state, enabling it to perform its critical role of hydrating, oxygenating, nourishing and detoxifying the cells. 

Much of the research into the energetic properties of water was done by Austrian environmentalist Viktor Schauberger, pictured here, who died in 1959. He demonstrated not only that living, energized water has extraordinary properties (see Resources below), but that, by copying Nature’s dynamic processes, one can “engineer” living water from lifeless water.

At the centre of Schauberger’s work was his understanding and harnessing of the implosive energy of THE spiralling vortices (mini-tornados) created by river turbulence as water cascades over rocks and other natural obstacles, absorbing minerals and the energies of sunlight and oxygen.

happywater is inspired by Schauberger’s philosophy and work.

Emoto/Hado Principles

Pioneered by visionary Japanese water researcher, Dr Masaru Emoto, pictured below, Hado refers to the intrinsic vibrational patterns of all matter. When photographing highly-magnified frozen water crystals, Emoto uncovered a fascinating connection between the source/quality of the water and its crystal structure.
Masaru Emoto and an image of a water crystal  showing off its beautiful hexagon structure.

Dr Emoto’s research led him to conclude that water receives “imprints” from its surroundings that are held in memory and directly influence the quality of the water.

Sound/music/prayer/thought/intention, or even words shouted out or written down, can affect it. Photographs taken of the crystalline structure of water will reflect these positive or negative imprints by revealing either harmonious, jewel-like hexagons, or distorted, broken patterns. 

Dr Emoto found that pristine waters produce gorgeous crystal hexagons, but polluted water produces deformed shapes. Hateful words or heavy metal music haVE a clear negative effect on the water crystal shapes. He found that water purified by reverse osmosis or distillation has virtually no crystalline structure; its natural vibrational frequency had been damaged/destroyed. 

In effect, Hado experiments reveal that water is the central nervous system of our planet, transferring information about everything that is happening on Mother Earth.

In happywater we have created a product that embodies the Hado ideal. Through a series of purification and enrichment techniques, we return water it to its original, natural (happy) state.

How we make happywater

The picture above shows our happywater plant in Richmond, Johannesburg.  The various purification/enrichment techniques are explained below.


happywater is a transformation process and we commence our journey with ordinary tap water. Our goal is to first produce absolutely pure water and then transform it into Living Water.

A. We begin the process by stripping the water of negative elements (including sediments, some heavy metals and chemical residues) using various purification methods such as cartridge and carbon block filters. This is in effect a pre-purification stage, preparing the water for more intensive filtration.

B.  The water then flows through an ultra-violet light chamber where UVC rays act as a powerful disinfectant, neutralising pathogens such as bacteria and viruses.

Then we get serious. Most prepared/bottled waters today use Reverse Osmosis (RO) technologies as their main filtration technique to ensure high levels of water purity. RO was developed to desalinate sea water is high highly effective at stripping water of all impurities, but it also removes minerals and trace elements which give water its conductive energy. The result is dead, lifeless water.

C. happywater has moved beyond RO to a newer technology that not only eliminates the impurities but also retains some of the key minerals in the water. Known as ultra-purification, we use a small but powerful system developed by Israeli company, Galtech, that is at the cutting edge of filtration technology, using self-cleaning nano-mesh filters and opal gemstones to deliver a superior water purification solution. 

The Galtech opal gemstone cartridge is very effective in the treatment of lime and the reduction (not elimination) of calcium and magnesium in the water. It also prevents the growth of micro-organisms. Unlike other gemstones, opal does not have a crystal structure and can absorb up to 20% of its weight in water, which ensures that the water flowing through the filter gets maximum exposure to the gemstone.

Re-energize and Re-vitalize

Now that we have good quality water, we can begin the process of creating Living Water by re-structuring and re-vitalizing this pure but basically lifeless liquid through a series of enrichments that emulate Nature. We do this in two phases:

D. Following in the footsteps of Schauberger who discovered that the natural course of water flowing over and around rocks and other natural obstacles created spiralling eddies and undercurrents
called vortices that gave the water enormous energy, we channel our water through a series of spiral pipes, breaking it into re-energised micro-clusters, mirroring Nature.

The close-up picture here shows an example of the spiral helix that fits inside the copper pipes, creating the necessary turbulence that energises the water.

E. This excited water then enters what we call a Hado Chamber, a 200L glass tank through which air constantly bubbles and where the re-vitalising techniques identified by Dr Emoto are activated.

While bubbling fresh air into the water, we expose it to a constantly changing spectrum of colour to infuse the water with various frequencies which help to “breathe” life back into water. (Schauberger believed that underground water sources, such as borehole or spring waters, because they have not been exposed to light, are “immature”, lacking in vibrational energy.

Exposing the water to light and air (picture sunlight dancing off a bubbling stream) helps re-establish the coherent crystalline patterns revealed by Dr Emoto.

Throughout the re-energising process, we envelop the water in a gentle “blanket” of sound, from classical music and meditative chants, creating positive imprints and a vibrationally-balanced water. We also imprint on the water the words Love, Peace and Gratitude, words that Dr Emoto found had an especially positive impact on the crystalline structure of the water (these words are also imprinted on the happywater bottles).

Result: Re-vitalized, re-energized, living water.

Re-mineralise and Balance

F. Now we move the water through its final stage – re-mineralisation. Recognising that living water requires much more than the basic minerals (calcium, magnesium, chloride etc), we feed the water through a chamber filled with ceramic beads containing a wide spectrum of minerals and trace elements.

The ceramic beads are composed of over 20 different elements such as zeolite, silica, tourmaline, silver and pearl calcium. As the water races through the chamber, it naturally scours the elements from the surface of the ceramic beads, mimicking a mountain stream absorbing minerals as it tumbles over rocks in the water.

The elements help re-establish the pH of the water, creating a mildly alkaline liquid with a pH of approx 7.5, which is the balance one would typically find in pristine rivers. 

The final water is then piped to a filling station where it is decanted into the iconic happywater glass bottles. It is here that a lightly sparkling version (with C02) is also made.                                                 

NOTE: This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. 


The Hado website of Dr Emoto:

Victor Schauberger -The Water Wizard – the site of Dr H Batmanghelidj (aka Dr Batman), the leading expert on the healing power of water and author of a number of books, including The Body’s Many Cries for Water.

> the link between chlorination, heart disease and cancer.