Why is vended water so inexpensive?
When a consumer has bottled water delivered, the price includes their manufacturing, bottling, and distributing costs. When a customer picks up pre-bottled water at a grocery store, they are paying for the cost of the bottle, having it bottled and the distribution at the store. (It’s less expensive than delivered, but more than our water).
When a customer buys our water at a vending machine, we have it delivered in a bulk quantity, and the consumer brings their own clean sanitized bottles to be reused which saves them money and saves nature by not filling up our landfills with single-use disposable bottles.
Where do I purchase water dispensers and reusable bottles?
To dispense the water conveniently, dispensers come in hot and cold water coolers, and cold and room temperature coolers and are available at most large hardware stores or Amazon.com has a large selection here. Ceramic Crock Water Coolers are an attractive way to dispense water and are available at some value department stores. Reusable 3 and 5-gallon jugs are available at large hardware stores or you can purchase at Amazon.com by clicking here. These bottles are the ones used by bottled water companies and are proven safe. Polycarbonate plastic is clear, lightweight, durable and shatter-resistant. (BPA information on this website: www.factsaboutbpa.org). Clean glass bottles can be reused and are encouraged if customers don’t want to use reusable polycarbonate bottles, you can find a selection of those to purchase on Amazon.com here.
Please note: We discourage the re-use of milk bottle quality plastic bottles. These are intended for one use only.
How do you store and clean the bottles?
Make the initial investment into 3 and 5 gallon empty new reusable bottles and reuse them over and over again. We recommend you do not store water near direct sunlight as it will eventually turn the bottle green inside. To sanitize your bottle, occasionally put 1/4 teaspoon of bleach, with 3 drops of dish soap and hot water. Shake vigorously for 1 minute inside the jug, making sure the solution comes into contact with the full inner surface. Then rinse well with hot water.
What are TDSs? Are they bad?
Total Dissolved Solids (TDSs), which is a measurement of all dissolved minerals found in water. These minerals may be desirable or undesirable.
Filter companies make it seem like ALL TDSs are bad, since they typically remove approximately 93-95% of TDSs, but in doing so they are also removing important minerals that make water taste good (and are good for you). Some TDSs that are bad are lead, boron, and arsenic.
The desirable minerals that make water taste good (and which are present in our natural Spring water) are calcium, magnesium, and potassium. TDSs aren’t always bad, it depends on what minerals are in your water.
Facts about Chlorine and Ozone
All of our water is sanitized daily through a gas called ozone. When ozone is mixed with water, it kills any bacteria or contamination that may be present.
In nature, ozone (O3) is created when oxygen molecules are subjected UV rays from the sun or by an electric charge from lightning. Some oxygen (O2) molecules are split into single oxygen atoms, which then combine with other O2 molecules to form ozone.
Machines can manufacture ozone – by forcing oxygen or ambient air past a UV light source or by sending a spark through a stream of oxygen or dry air. Ozone is 100-times stronger than chlorine and dissipates in 24 hours, even inside a bottle. Chlorine, on the other hand, has a long half-life, which allows it to function as a long-term sanitizer in our water supply.
Chlorine is a miracle sanitizer that has saved lives ever since it was put into the public water system. There is a lot of controversy about whether it has disadvantages to health, but it’s mere smell is what makes most municipal water not taste as good as spring water, or drinking water that has been sanitized with ozone or ultraviolet light.
Where does the spring water come from?
Baxter Spring Water – The natural springs at Baxter, California, located at the 4,000ft. level in the Sierra-Nevada Mountains has been a natural resource beneficially used since the days of the early settlers in the latter part of the 19th century. These springs flow year round and are fed by the snowmelt from the higher elevations. The 1000 acres of forest land at Baxter, on which the natural springs are located, is a zoned timberland preserve which restricts commercial development and preserves the natural ecology. No chemicals are used to treat the water, storage tanks, or any of the water system components. The entire system is designed to ensure that this pure spring water remains natural and unadulterated. A Title 21 chemical analysis is performed annually as required by the California Department of Health. The analysis consistently demonstrates that the spring water is very stable and does not vary to any appreciable degree. Water samples are further tested in their own Q.C. laboratory on a daily basis to further ensure product quality.
How is your distilled water made?
Local municipal water is passed through a series of particulate and activated carbon filters to remove chlorine, taste, odor compounds and organic minerals. The water is then distilled in a vapor compression stream unit. All dissolved minerals are left behind as the water is vaporized and condensed in a stainless steel still which yields a high quality finished water. The distilled water passes through one polishing filter before it is dispensed from the vending machines.