A Birmingham hotel is celebrating 100 years of its own unique water source - a well sunk 86 metres deep below the city centre.
There may be a threat of a hosepipe ban this summer but guests at the Macdonald Burlington Hotel don't have to worry about being short of water.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Macdonald Burlington Hotel in New Street starting to pump water from its own well.
Chief engineer David Handley said the four-star venue was the only hotel in the city to be pumping water from its own well following the closure of the Grand Hotel.
Mr Handley said: "We draw roughly 16,000 cubic metres or 16 million litres a year and about 20 years ago the water was carbon dated to a minimum of 5,000 years old.
"We believe the supply comes over from Sutton Coldfield and percolates its way down to the hotel."
But Mr Handley said there was no problems with purity, with the water constantly being subjected to a battery of tests.
He said: "It is tested every month by Birmingham City Council and a company called Chloroxyotech to make sure there are no impurities or bugs in the water.
"Some months there is a brief analysis and every three months there is a full analysis which details every single chemical which exists in there.
"It tastes great and on a hot summer day there is nothing better than drinking a glass of cold water from the well. It has an average temperature of 14 degrees throughout the year so it is always perfectly chilled."
The cold taps in the 112 bedrooms all have water coming straight from the well, added Mr Handley.
"It is a unique selling point for the hotel and it means our supply isn't in any danger of running out."
Mr Handley, aged 64, is retiring later this month, when he hands over the reins of the maintenance department to his son Peter.