News

AWWA advocates for water infrastructure investment as Drinking Water Week ends

Posted on Updated on

Investing in water infrastructure

BRIGHTON, CO – May 12, 2017 – As Drinking Water Week concludes, Watermill Express, the American Water Works Association and water professionals across North America are advocating for investment in the repair and replacement of local water infrastructure.

It’s critical that water infrastructure is maintained properly given that public health, economic vitality, fire protection and quality of life rely on it. However, much of the water infrastructure in North America needs to be repaired and replaced because of the length of time water pipes have been underground; some have been buried for 75 to 100 years.

“The adoption of low cost and innovative technologies like Watermill Express could help communities that are facing a growing concern over aging infrastructure and unregulated contaminants,” said Lani Dolifka, President/CEO of Watermill Express.

Per an AWWA report, repairing and replacing drinking water infrastructure will cost at least $1 trillion over the next 25 years. The potential costs of infrastructure replacement surpass what many water utilities can pay, which means utilities must work together with rate-payers, government officials and other stakeholders to invest in water systems.

“Water infrastructure is crucial to our daily lives and to sustain our future generations,” said AWWA Chief Executive Officer David LaFrance. “It’s essential that our local water utility and government work in harmony with customers to cover the cost of repairing and replacing our water infrastructure.”

More information about water infrastructure is available on DrinkTap.org.

About Drinking Water Week

For more than 35 years, AWWA and its members have celebrated Drinking Water Week – a unique opportunity for both water professionals and the communities they serve to join together to recognize the vital role water plays in daily lives. Additional information about Drinking Water Week, including free materials for download and celebration ideas, is available on the Drinking Water Week webpage.

About Watermill Express

Watermill Express is the largest drive-up pure drinking water and ice company in the nation and the green alternative to prepackaged water. Watermill Express customers reuse their own clean containers to reduce pollution from single-use plastic water bottles. The brand’s Waterocks® Ice is now available at select locations. Call 1-800-487-9643 for more information or visit watermillexpress.com.

About American Water Works Association

Established in 1881, the American Water Works Association is the largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water, the world’s most important resource. With approximately 50,000 members, AWWA provides solutions to improve public health, protect the environment, strengthen the economy and enhance our quality of life.

Water customers encouraged to care for pipes during Drinking Water Week

Posted on Updated on

Water in sink

BRIGHTON, CO – May 11, 2017 – As Drinking Water Week continues, Watermill Express joins the American Water Works Association and water professionals across North America in encouraging householders to care for their homes’ pipes.

“Taking care of source water by educating the consumer about their impact is very important. There are easy ways each of us can help,” said Lani Dolifka, President/CEO of Watermill Express.

Many things can unnecessarily clog a home’s plumbing system, including “flushable” wipes, and fats, oils and grease. Each year, these clog pipes, backup systems and harm the environment when they aren’t disposed of properly.

Specifically, flushable wipes, facial tissue, paper towels and medications should be thrown away in the trash and should not be flushed down the toilet. Also, fats, oil and grease should not be dumped down the drain. Instead, they should also be thrown away in the trash.

“Caring for our pipes should be considered maintenance around the home and not just thought of when something goes wrong with them,” said AWWA Chief Executive Officer David LaFrance. “We have to do our part not to clog up our already precarious water and wastewater systems.”

More information on caring for pipes can be found on DrinkTap.org.

About Drinking Water Week

For more than 35 years, AWWA and its members have celebrated Drinking Water Week, a unique opportunity for both water professionals and the communities they serve to join together to recognize the vital role water plays in daily lives. Additional information about Drinking Water Week, including free materials for download and celebration ideas, is available on the Drinking Water Week webpage.

About Watermill Express

Watermill Express is the largest drive-up pure drinking water and ice company in the nation and the green alternative to prepackaged water. Watermill Express customers reuse their own clean containers to reduce pollution from single-use plastic water bottles. The brand’s Waterocks® Ice is now available at select locations. Call 1-800-487-9643 for more information or visit watermillexpress.com.

About American Water Works Association

Established in 1881, the American Water Works Association is the largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water, the world’s most important resource. With approximately 50,000 members, AWWA provides solutions to improve public health, protect the environment, strengthen the economy and enhance our quality of life.

AWWA encourages customers to check and fix leaks during Drinking Water Week

Posted on

fixing leaks

BRIGHTON, CO – May 10, 2017 – As Drinking Water Week continues, Watermill Express joins the American Water Works Association and water professionals across North America in encouraging homeowners to check and fix leaks inside and outside the home.

“Watermill Express works hard to remedy leaks that occur with our equipment. Our managers understand this issue is not only critical to our operation, but also for the conservation of water everywhere,” said Lani Dolifka, President/CEO of Watermill Express.

Consumers are encouraged to quickly and efficiently fix leaks in and around their homes to prevent water waste. To test for leaks inside, customers should shut off everything connected to water and inspect the home’s flow indicator on the water meter. If the indicator continues to move, even with everything off, there’s a leak somewhere in the home.

To check for a leaky toilet, customers can place a few drops of food coloring in the holding tank and wait five minutes without flushing. There’s a leak if coloring appears in the bowl. Also, customers should check all faucets and under the sinks for dripping. To check for leaks outside, customers should inspect the lawn for wet spots or pools of water around spray heads. Brown or muddy spots would also indicate there is a leak in the irrigation system.

“We are each personally responsible to conserve water in and around our home,” said AWWA Chief Executive Officer David LaFrance. “Checking for and fixing leaks is an easy way to do our part in preventing water waste.”  

More information on household leaks can be found on DrinkTap.org.

 About Drinking Water Week

For more than 35 years, AWWA and its members have celebrated Drinking Water Week, a unique opportunity for both water professionals and the communities they serve to join together to recognize the vital role water plays in daily lives. Additional information about Drinking Water Week, including free materials for download and celebration ideas, is available on the Drinking Water Week webpage.

About Watermill Express

Watermill Express is the largest drive-up pure drinking water and ice company in the nation and the green alternative to prepackaged water. Watermill Express customers reuse their own clean containers to reduce pollution from single-use plastic water bottles. The brand’s Waterocks® Ice is now available at select locations. Call 1-800-487-9643 for more information or visit watermillexpress.com.

About American Water Works Association

Established in 1881, the American Water Works Association is the largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water, the world’s most important resource. With approximately 50,000 members, AWWA provides solutions to improve public health, protect the environment, strengthen the economy and enhance our quality of life

AWWA encourages getting the lead out during Drinking Water Week

Posted on Updated on

 

BRIGHTON, CO – May 9, 2017 – As Drinking Water Week continues, Watermill Express joins the American Water Works Association and water professionals across North America in encouraging households to identify and replace lead-based water pipes and plumbing.

Lead presents health concerns for people of all ages, particularly pregnant women, infants and young children. In children, low exposure levels have been linked to learning disabilities, behavioral problems and other issues.

“Lead in drinking water is a serious issue therefore we make sure all of our components are lead-free,” said Lani Dolifka, President/CEO of Watermill Express.

Water leaving treatment plants and traveling through water mains is almost always lead-free. However, lead is sometimes present in pipes connecting older homes to the water system or in fixtures and home plumbing. A licensed plumber can help to identify lead service lines and other materials such as lead fittings and solder. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment provides information on their website about resources to help understand, manage, and avoid lead exposure.

Households can find out more about their water quality by having it tested by a certified laboratory. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment provides information for water testing as well as a list of certified laboratories. Information on other sources of lead contamination in homes is available from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

“Water utilities can adjust water chemistry to minimize the possibility of lead dissolving into tap water, but communities and households also play an important role in keeping drinking water safe,” said AWWA Chief Executive Officer David LaFrance. “Together, let’s get the lead out.”

More information on lead in water can be found on DrinkTap.org.

About Drinking Water Week

For more than 35 years, AWWA and its members have celebrated Drinking Water Week, a unique opportunity for both water professionals and the communities they serve to join together to recognize the vital role water plays in daily lives. Additional information about Drinking Water Week, including free materials for download and celebration ideas, is available on the Drinking Water Week webpage.

About Watermill Express

Watermill Express is the largest drive-up pure drinking water and ice company in the nation and the green alternative to prepackaged water. Watermill Express customers reuse their own clean containers to reduce pollution from single-use plastic water bottles. The brand’s Waterocks® Ice is now available at select locations. Call 1-800-487-9643 for more information or visit watermillexpress.com.

About American Water Works Association

Established in 1881, the American Water Works Association is the largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water, the world’s most important resource. With approximately 50,000 members, AWWA provides solutions to improve public health, protect the environment, strengthen the economy and enhance our quality of life.

AWWA encourages ‘getting to know and love’ tap water during Drinking Water Week

Posted on Updated on

washing hands under faucet
BRIGHTON, CO – May 8, 2017 – Watermill Express, the American Water Works Association and water professionals across North America are kicking off Drinking Water Week today with the theme “Your Water – To Know It Is To Love It”.

Watermill Express, AWWA and the water community will celebrate Drinking Water Week by recognizing the vital role water plays in daily lives. Focus will be placed on ways in which water consumers can take personal responsibility in caring for their tap water and water infrastructure at home and in the community.

“This year’s Drinking Water Week will motivate water consumers to be actively aware of how they personally connect with water,” said AWWA Chief Executive Officer David LaFrance.

To commemorate the week, water utilities, government entities, environmental advocates, schools and other stakeholders will celebrate drinking water through public presentations, staff events and community festivals and provide information on how water consumers can understand and appreciate their water.

“Safe drinking water is fundamental for a healthy and vibrant community. We often take water for granted, but it’s one of society’s most important assets,” said Lani Dolifka, President/CEO of Watermill Express.

About Drinking Water Week

For more than 35 years, AWWA and its members have celebrated Drinking Water Week, a unique opportunity for both water professionals and the communities they serve to join together in recognizing the vital role water plays in daily lives. Additional information about Drinking Water Week, including free materials for download and celebration ideas, is available on the Drinking Water Week webpage.

About Watermill Express

Watermill Express is the largest drive-up pure drinking water and ice company in the nation and the green alternative to prepackaged water. Watermill Express customers reuse their own clean containers to reduce pollution from single-use plastic water bottles. The brand’s Waterocks® Ice is now available at select locations. Call 1-800-487-9643 for more information or visit watermillexpress.com.

About American Water Works Association

Established in 1881, the American Water Works Association is the largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water, the world’s most important resource. With approximately 50,000 members, AWWA provides solutions to improve public health, protect the environment, strengthen the economy and enhance our quality of life.

MCALLEN, TEXAS – December 12, 2016 – Watermill Express Names Winners of 11th Annual Writing Contest in Rio Grande Valley

Posted on Updated on

image

Fourth Grade Contest Winners from Fourteen Area Schools to be Awarded Laptops and Wireless Printers for Essays Focused on Health and Wellness

MCALLEN, Texas – December 12, 2016 – Watermill Express, the nation’s largest drive-up pure drinking water and ice company, announced today the 20 winners of its annual writing contest. With the financial support of H-E-B, the fourth grade winners will each receive one laptop accompanied by a wireless printer as prizes for their essay submissions. Both teachers and parents of the fourth grade students will also receive H-E-B gift cards.

Themed, “Healthy Habits,” this year’s writing contest prompted students to reflect on the importance of making healthy choices and how to carry those habits with them for years to come. More than 1,000 essays poured in from fourth grade students in the McAllen, Hidalgo and Valley View Independent School Districts (ISD), the districts selected for this year’s contest. Judges, including Watermill Express’ co-founder and CEO Lani Dolifka, read and reviewed hundreds of essays in order to choose the most original and thought-provoking of the bunch.

“Our entire team looks forward to this time of year,” said Dolifka. “The writing contest has evolved into a community event. It’s a great feeling to know that we’re opening up discussion about well-being in dozens of classrooms and hopefully around dinner tables too.”

Award winners were selected from a total of 14 elementary schools in the Rio Grande Valley. Families and school staff are invited to attend ceremonies held in their district where the students will be recognized for their achievements.

Congratulations to the following winners of the 2016 “Healthy Habits” Watermill Express/H-E-B essay contest:

  • Mariana Daniela Vallez – Castaneda Elementary
  • Nick Hernandez – Dr. Alejo Salinas Jr. Elementary
  • Michael Ryan Esquivel – Dr. Alejo Salinas Jr. Elementary
  • Ezra M. Cavazos – Garza Elementary
  • Darian Solis – Hendricks Elementary
  • Itzel Ramos – Hendricks Elementary
  • Joaquin Rocha – Hendricks Elementary
  • Britney Zamorano – Hidalgo Park Elementary
  • Belicia Vega – Jackson Elementary
  • Lilyan Rose Castaneda – Milam Elementary
  • Naomi Herrera – Navarro Elementary
  • Kenzi Ramirez – Perez Elementary
  • Alysandra Garcia – Rayburn Elementary
  • Caroline Rangel – Seguin Elementary
  • Victoria Perez – Valley View South Elementary
  • Karolina Gonzalez – Valley View South Elementary
  • Austin Ramirez – Valley View North Elementary
  • Genesis Limon – Valley View North Elementary
  • Madeline Castro – Wilbur Lucas Elementary
  • Luna Cuevas – Wilson Elementary

Exclusive to the Rio Grande Valley, the first Watermill Express writing contest was held in 2005 and has since awarded more than $77,000 in prizes and has logged more than 11,000 participating students. Its popularity among schools and families in the community has made it an annual event that many fourth graders hope to participate in.

“Each year, our fourth graders wait anxiously to hear the school districts selected for the annual writing contest,” said Mario Reyna, health and physical education coordinator at McAllen ISD. “This year’s theme inspired our students to talk about healthy habits and overall well-being with teachers, family and friends. We’re so thankful to be surrounded by community-oriented organizations like Watermill Express and H-E-B.”

Watermill Express has a growing presence in the Rio Grande Valley with more than 200 locations and strong involvement in community events such as the recent “Pico de Gallo Century Bike Ride” and the “Break a Sweat Zumba-thon”. A community staple, the brand also partners with local organizations such as Make-A-Wish Foundation, Rio Grande Valley Diabetes Association, American Cancer Society and more.

Plus, beyond its writing contest and community involvement, but equally as important, Watermill Express holds a strong commitment to giving back. Each year, Watermill Express pledges funds and thousands of gallons of water back to communities in the Rio Grande Valley and beyond.

Across the country, Watermill Express serves thousands of customers a day safe, clean, pure drinking water and ice. Customers supply their own clean containers and drive up to the Watermill Express station to purchase great-tasting water and ice at a fraction of the price they would pay at the store.

Watermill Express is Committed to Community Outreach

Posted on Updated on

When Don and Lani Dolifka founded Watermill Express more than 30 years ago, they knew that community outreach programs were as important to Watermill Express as water itself. In fact, they are the lifeblood of the business, demonstrating how deeply the care goes for communities Watermill Express serves. Here are several examples of the meaningful programs Watermill Express sponsors, supports and coordinates in local communities.

Annual Essay Contest

To underscore the commitment Watermill Express has made to providing pure drinking water and ice to areas that need it the most, the brand sponsors an annual essay contest where fourth grade students write about how healthy lifestyles can lead to healthy futures. Winning students, their teachers and schools are rewarded with laptops, printers and teacher gift cards.

Guppy Tank

Aspiring entrepreneurs between the ages of 8 and 13 pitch their creative business ideas before a panel of judges to win cash prizes to start their own enterprise! Impressive entries included innovative solutions to keeping kids healthy, active and engaged with their education.

Clean Water Here

With the support of big-name celebrities such as Pitbull and Juanes, Watermill Express is a founding partner of Clean Water Here, the U.S.’ largest social media campaign aimed at educating citizens of the world about the importance of clean drinking water. The campaign culminates with U.N. World Water Day on March 22, 2017.

For more information on any of the concentrated community outreach efforts Watermill Express has in place, please click here

Watermill Express Featured in Denver Post

Posted on Updated on

Watermill Express has established itself as an authoritative voice in America for the immense need to provide safe, affordable and pure drinking water and ice to communities that do not have easy access. Establishing this voice comes as a result of the company’s commitment that it has maintained for more than 30 years to offer a pure drinking water solution that is at once less harmful to the environment than prepackaged water and affordable for the hundreds of communities it serves.

This unique brand positioning was recently on display in the Denver Post as Watermill Express, its brand differentiators and strategic growth plan were featured in the Denver area. The article discussed the brand’s beginnings, CEO Lani Dolifka’s commitment to providing pure drinking water to every person in need and the growth the brand has experienced since its founding in 1984.

“That’s when we started to work on a concept (1984) where people would bring their containers right to our site, where our filtration system could provide with the highest quality water at a very affordable price,” said Dolifka in the article. “We were kind of the prototypical customer because we didn’t have any other options and we didn’t have a lot of money. We wanted to serve our community and that’s how it started.”

Now, with more than 1,300 locations nationwide, hundreds of thousands of Americans are benefitting from Watermill Express’ pure water and Waterocks® Ice.

Click here to read the full article in the Denver Post.

For more information on the Watermill Express franchise opportunity, please click here.

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – April 17, 2014 – Watermill Express donates water for two March for Babies Walks

Posted on Updated on

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – April 17, 2014 – Watermill Express, the nation’s largest drive-up pure drinking water and ice company, provided water to the March of Dimes/March for Babies Walks in South Texas.

Watermill Express donated 150 gallons of water at two separate March for Babies Walks.  Approximately 2,000 walkers participated in the three-mile walking events that took place March 29th in Laredo, Texas and April 12th in Brownsville, Texas.

2014 marked the 10th anniversary of Watermill Express partnering with the March of Dimes to provide free water to all participants and volunteers.  Watermill Express has donated over 1,500 gallons of water to approximately 15,000 participants over its 10-year partnership in the event.

The March of Dimes Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to aiding women in pregnancy and promoting infant health.  The walk was held to raise money for the treatment of babies born prematurely.

About Watermill Express:

Watermill Express is the largest drive-up pure drinking water and ice company in the nation and the green alternative to prepackaged water. Watermill Express customers reuse their own clean containers to reduce pollution from single-use plastic water bottles. Waterocks® Ice is now available at select locations. Call 1-800-487-9643 for more information.