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Q&A with the Voyage Houston Magazine

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Today we’d like to introduce you to Lani Dolifka.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I used to live near a designated Superfund site which is land that has been contaminated by hazardous waste and qualifies for EPA cleanup. The community’s groundwater contained 600 documented chemicals and we were told not to drink our tap water, leaving us to rely on alternative sources for our water like expensive plastic water bottles.

Because of these issues, my husband and I, with the help of our family and friends, developed a miniature water purification kiosk that took municipal water and produced high quality drinking water. The result was our first Watermill Express station that produced pure drinking water at an affordable price. That was a little over 30 years ago. Now, we’ve grown to have more than 1,300 locations across the country.

Read the full Q&A article here.

Watermill Express Featured in Forbes

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There’s no escaping the fact that there is a certain underlying degree of elitism in entrepreneurship.

After all, most entrepreneurs want to solve big problems, disrupt age-old processes, and as Steve Jobs put it, put a dent in the universe.

We tend to think globally and then try to apply our ideas locally. While this makes for a catchy slogan, it’s often easier said than done.

In fact, I’ve found that the opposite is often true. Organic ideas that solve a local problem often are the most impactful when applied at scale.

By thinking locally and then scaling globally, entrepreneurs can create a thriving business and still make a splash on the global stage.

No one I’ve met embodies this more than a Colorado-based entrepreneur Lani Dolifka. You might not have heard of her, but chances are you’ve come across her business.

Click here to read the full article on the Forbes website.

Watermill Express Names Finalists of Second Annual Guppy Tank Contest: Makes $2,500 Donation to Make-A-Wish Foundation

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Five Rio Grande Valley Students to Present Business Ideas to Judges for Chance to Win Cash Prizes

MCALLEN, Texas – May 22, 2017 – Watermill Express, the nation’s largest drive-up pure drinking water and ice company, announced today the selection of five finalists for its second annual Guppy Tank Contest, which challenges Rio Grande Valley students to channel their inner entrepreneur. The five finalists will present their business ideas to a set of judges at McAllen’s Inter National Bank board room on Wednesday, May 31, where the winners will also be recognized and celebrated.

The Guppy Tank Contest is a fun take on the popular TV show Shark Tank and is meant to inspire area students 8 to 13 years old to think critically and creatively about business ownership. The panel of judges includes David Aguirre Jr., supervisor and partner at Stars Drive-in Restaurant Corporation; Eloy Cuevas, RGV marketing manager at Watermill Express; Lani Dolifka, president and CEO of Watermill Express; Linda Guerrero Deicla, general manager at KGBT-TV; and Ava Sandlin, ‎executive director of Make-A-Wish Foundation Rio Grande Valley.

Though entries will be evaluated on several criteria including originality, quality of content, creativity, presentation and grammar, no finalist will leave empty-handed. The first-place winner will receive a cash prize of $750 to help launch his or her original business idea. The runner-up will get $350 to use toward his or her business plan, with third-, fourth- and fifth-place finalists receiving $100 toward starting their business ideas. All five students will also receive ten reusable Watermill Express water bottles to share with family and friends.

“We started Watermill Express out of our garage and know what it takes to build a business from nothing,” said Lani Dolifka, CEO and co-founder of Watermill Express. “I am excited to support area youth by encouraging creativity and hard work through our Guppy Tank Contest.”

The 2017 Guppy Tank Contest finalists are listed below along side the titles of their ideas:

  • Gabriela L. Galindo (McAllen, TX) – PipArt
  • Patricia Williams (Mission, TX) – Authentic Diva
  • Catherine Emily Garza (Edinburg, TX) – Kitty’s Kitchen
  • Aron Gamboa (Harlingen, TX) – Finder Prez
  • Joaquin Galindo and Frankie Rodriguez (Harlingen, TX) – Helping Bots

In addition to helping finalists fund their business ideas with cash prizes, Watermill Express donated $5 for each contest entry submitted to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, resulting in a total donation of $2,500. This donation will go toward granting a wish for a child in the Rio Grande Valley.

“Our organization is very fortunate to be surrounded by such generosity,” said Ava Sandlin, ‎executive director of Make-A-Wish Foundation Rio Grande Valley. “It’s companies like Watermill Express that help us make a difference in the lives of terminally ill children and their families.”

A Valley institution for 30 years, Watermill Express has supported the community by donating thousands of gallons of water to organizations such as the Rio Grande Valley Diabetes Association, American Cancer Society, South Texas Multiple Sclerosis Council and more.

Watermill Express is also committed to giving back internationally. As part of the brand’s partnership with World Vision, the two organizations were able to provide more than 100 million gallons of clean drinking water to the developing world in 2016 and plan to do the same this year.

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 Make-A-Wish

Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true has positive impacts on the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illness, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. Headquartered in Phoenix, Make-A-Wish is one of the world’s leading children’s charities, serving children in every community in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 33,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish somewhere in the country every 34 minutes. It has granted more than 285,000 wishes since its inception in 1980; more than 15,300 in 2016 alone. Visit Make-A-Wish at wish.org to learn more.

Congratulations to the 2017 Watermill Express Guppy Tank Contest Finalist

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Congratulations to finalists

Congratulations to the following young entrepreneurs for making it to the finals on Guppy Tank!  It’s now time to put your ideas into action and unleash your creativity. Get ready to enter the Tank – The Guppy Tank!

  1. Gabriela L. Galindo- PipArt [ McAllen, Tx]
  2. Patricia Williams- Authentic Diva[ Mission, Tx]
  3. Catherine Emily Garza- Kitty’s Kitchen [ Edinburg, Tx]
  4. Aron Gamboa- Finder Prez [ Harlingen, Tx]
  5. Joaquin Galindo and Frankie Rodriguez- Helping Bots [ Harlingen, Tx]

Guppy Tank Finalist Presentations

Wednesday May, 31st – From 1pm-4pm
Inter National Bank Board Room
1801 S 2nd St, McAllen, TX 78503

Watermill Express and water professionals everywhere gear up for National Drinking Water Week, May 8th-12th

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May 5, 2017

For more than 35 years, the American Water Works Association (AWWA) has sponsored Drinking Water Week to help focus on important issues affecting our drinking water. They, along with a coalition of organizations including the Environmental Protection Agency, use this week as an opportunity to educate American water consumers about smart, healthy water habits and to ask them to think more about what really goes down the drain.

Tap water and our water infrastructure play a vital role in the health and maintenance of our society. Many American families depend on our water utilities to supply them with safe drinking water, and that is why Watermill Express is joining the fight to encourage ways water consumers can do their part in keeping our water clean, safe, and healthy.

Starting on May 8th, Watermill Express, the AWWA, and many other organizations will spread the word about key issues affecting our drinking water. Each day of Drinking Water Week is dedicated to one of these key issues, and it is up to us to make sure these issues are discussed and endorsed to help support healthy drinking water habits.

Drinking Water Week will focus on the following topics:

May 8th– Introduction to Drinking Water Week

May 9th– Get the Lead Out

May 10th– Checking and Fixing Leaks

May 11th– Caring for Pipes

May 12th– Water Infrastructure Development

Watermill Express is committed to supporting these key issues through our own 12-Step Water Perfection Program. The program makes sure that Watermill Express water is treating with the utmost care, including treatment steps that remove solids, hardness minerals, harmful chemicals like pesticides, and effectively kill and eliminate bacteria, algae, and spores. We take pride in ensuring safe, healthy water reaches our customers, and we support Drinking Water Week because it endorses these same principles.

We hope that you, the water consumers, will be listening in when Drinking Water Week begins on May 8th. What will you do to keep your drinking water safe for you and your family? Pledge to make smart, educated decisions about what goes into your water

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.

Happy Earth Day from Watermill Express!

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Watermill Express: Drive-Up Pure Drinking Water & Ice

With the approach of Earth Day on April 22, it is now more important than ever to understand the role you play in energy and resource consumption. As the effects of climate change negatively impact our environment, it is crucial for every person to take small initiatives to help curb these negative effects and create a brighter, healthier future.

A huge part of the Watermill Express business model is to reduce single-use plastic water bottles. According to the Water Project, it is estimated that over 80% of plastic water bottles used in the United States simply become litter, and only 1 out of every 5 plastic bottles are even recyclable in the first place. This means over 2 million tons of plastic water bottles are discarded in U.S. landfills, substantially impacting plastic pollution in our environment. At Watermill Express, our goal is to reduce the amount of waste created while reusing what we already have and recycling when we can. What will your goal be this Earth Day?

Since 1984, Watermill Express customers have saved our planet more than 500 million single-use water bottles. For every 5-gallon Watermill Express bottle filled, 40 single-use water bottles are kept from polluting our environment. That means less plastic ending up in places where it shouldn’t, like in parks, rivers, and the ocean, keeping our streets and environment cleaner for the next generation.

So, on this Earth Day, we encourage you to think about what habits you can change to help reduce your impact on the environment and decrease your energy and resource consumption. One small change, like refusing to buy single-use plastic water bottles for you and your family, could change the way plastic and other pollution enter the environment for years to come. So, ditch those water bottles and come refill a reusable bottle with pure drinking water from Watermill Express for a better, brighter future!

For more information about Watermill Express click here.

Clean Water Here launches the largest safe drinking water social-media campaign in U.S. History on UN World Water Day 2017

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Clean Water Here launches the largest safe drinking water social-media campaign in U.S. History on UN World Water Day 2017

Social Voice Tops 790 Million People 

Supporters include Pitbull, Pink, Bruno Mars, Britney Spears, Maroon 5, Ed Sheeran, Pharrell Williams, UN-Water and Watermill Express

DENVER, Colo. (March 23, 2017) – The Clean Water Here social-media initiative to promote safe drinking water was launched today in celebration of UN Water World Water Day. The overall social-media voice of the campaign exceeded 790 million people.

Thanks to the support of Pitbull, Pink, Bruno Mars, Britney Spears, Maroon 5, Ed Sheeran, Pharrell Williams, Kesha, Sting, Fergie, Ryan Seacrest, Jason Derulo, Christina Aguilera, Ziggy Marley, Shania Twain, Seal, Andra Day, Seal, Pentatonix, Natasha Bedingfield, Nick Jonas, Juanes, Niall Horan, Fifth Harmony, Sean Mendes and more, this campaign encouraged and empowered the public to lend their social voices to help people understand the nature and scope of the global water crisis by promoting safe drinking water here in the United States on UN World Water Day.

UN World Water Day is coordinated by UN-Water and the 2017 campaign is led by UN Environment, UN-HABITAT, United Nations University and the World Health Organization.

“I want to thank the celebrities and the public who used their influence through social media to support Clean Water Here,” said Lani Dolifka, the Founder of Clean Water Here and president/CEO of Watermill Express, “There are too many communities in the United States and around the world that still don’t have access to safe drinking water. It’s particularly important for the lives of our children.”

A proud Founding Partner of Clean Water Here, Watermill Express has been providing a sustainable alternative for safe, affordable drinking water in the United States for over 30 years.

“Making the right to water a practical reality holds out the promise of transformed lives for billions of people.” said Dr. Jamie Bartram, Director of the Water Institute at the University of North Carolina, whose world-renowned work as a professor and author/editor includes dozens of academic papers and books discussing the intersection of where water and health come together. “We also must make safe water available to those robbed of their own potential by neurotoxic pollutants, like lead in Flint and elsewhere in the United States.”

Evidence shows that children exposed to lead develop neurological deficiencies, leading to issues such as childhood intellectual disabilities, hearing problems, anemia, or behavior problems. There are an estimated 600,000 new cases of child lead exposure every year worldwide. Additionally in the United States, aging infrastructure, limited funding and management capacity for disadvantaged communities, the degradation of source water, and the risks from unregulated contaminants all contribute to the growing concern domestically.

“We believe that access to safe drinking water is a basic human right,” said David Clark, the co-creator of Clean Water Here and the Founder of Cause Flash. “We commend UN-Water for its leadership on this important issue, and their ongoing work as the effective mechanism that coordinates the UN’s work on water and sanitation. Collectively, between all the parties involved, I am both pleased and proud of our ground-breaking campaign.”

ABOUT:

CLEAN WATER HERE

Founded by Watermill Express CEO Lani Dolifka, Clean Water Here promotes the need for safe drinking water in the United States. Research indicates that out-of-date plumbing, sometimes over 100 years old is delivering water through pipes that often leak contaminants into the water. In addition, old-fashioned water treatment facilities may not always address 21st-century contaminants like pesticides, industrial chemicals and arsenic. So who is most likely to be drinking this water that is known to cause disease – the poorest and most vulnerable among us. Clean Water Here is dedicated to educating the public about this important issue. For more information visit www.cleanwaterhere.org

WATERMILL EXPRESS

Clean Water Here founding partner Watermill Express is the largest drive-up pure drinking water company in the U.S. and the green alternative to prepackaged water. Watermill Express customers reuse their own clean containers to reduce pollution from single-use plastic water bottles. Founded in 1984, Watermill Express supports causes that promote the health and welfare of children and families. For more information visit www.watermillexpress.com

UN WORLD WATER DAY

World Water Day has been observed since 1993 when the United Nations General Assembly declared March 22 as the annual “World Day for Water.” Coordinated by UN Water in support of the 193 member nations of the UN, this day is devoted to implementing recommendations and promoting concrete activities within their countries regarding the world’s water resources. In addition to the UN member states, a number of NGOs promoting clean water leverage World Water Day as a time to focus public attention on the critical water issues facing the world. For more information visit www.worldwaterday.org

UN-WATER

UN-Water is the United Nations inter-agency coordination mechanism for all freshwater related issues, including sanitation. Building on a long history of coordination in the UN System, UN-Water was formalized in 2003 by the United Nations High Level Committee on Programmes. It provides the platform to address the cross-cutting nature of water and maximize system-wide coordinated action and coherence. UN-Water promotes coherence in, and coordination of, UN system actions aimed at the implementation of the agenda defined by the Millennium Declaration and the World Summit on Sustainable Development as it relates to its scope of work. For more information visit www.unwater.org 

CAUSE FLASH

Created by David Clark Cause, Cause Flash is a digital platform devoted to aggregating the social media voices (Twitter, Facebook, Google+ followers) of dignitaries, celebrities, charities, brands and the public at large, so large scale social media campaigns can be launched instantly. By harnessing talent and technology to rally people around important causes that deserve immediate attention, Cause Flash elevates the human condition by inspiring and empowering people to donate funds and their own social media voices to address some of the greatest challenges of our time. For more information visit www.CauseFlash.org

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MEDIA CONTACTS: Jamie Izaks, jizaks@allpointspr.com, (847) 897-7480

 

 

Ditching Single-Use Water Bottles Keeps the Earth – and Your Wallet – Green

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Did you know that it takes a single plastic water bottle more than 450 years to decompose in a landfill? That’s a shocking statistic, especially when you consider the fact that the average American used almost 200 disposable water bottles each last year, but only recycled 37. In fact, when you add it up, more than 38 billion water bottles – equating to more than $1 billion worth of plastic – are wasted (not recycled) each year.

At Watermill Express, we are passionate about what we call the R4

Reduce the amount of trash you create

Reuse what you have

Recycle what you can

Refuse to purchase single-use plastic water bottles

Since our inception, Watermill Express customers have saved more than 4 billion single use water bottles from polluting our nation’s landfills. Watermill Express is an original sponsor of Container Recycling Institute’s “Zero Beverage Container Waste” program, and our company was an original member of the EPA’s WasteWise program in 1998.

All Watermill Express customers can bring their one-, three- or five-gallon reusable containers to any Watermill Express kiosk to refill them. Each Watermill Express five-gallon bottle you refill saves 40 single-use bottles!

For more information about Watermill Express’ work to eliminate single-use water bottles, click here.

Watermill Express and World Vision Reach Milestone Together: 100 Million Gallons of Clean Water Provided to Developing World

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Watermill Express and World Vision Reach Milestone Together: 100 Million Gallons of Clean Water Provided to Developing World

 “One Gallon Here Gives One Gallon There” Makes Major Impact in First Year

BRIGHTON, Colo. – Watermill Express, the nation’s largest drive-up pure drinking water and ice company, together with World Vision, announced today that their combined efforts in the first year of a new cause marketing program have resulted in providing more than 100 million gallons of clean water to the developing world.

Through the “One Gallon Here Gives One Gallon There,” program, for every gallon of water sold at a Watermill Express drive-up station, Watermill Express made a donation to World Vision to provide a gallon of water in the developing world.

“We are proud to support World Vision’s work in bringing clean water to the most vulnerable,” said Lani Dolifka, CEO and co-founder of Watermill Express. “It’s a milestone with World Vision and an indication that when we work together we can change the course of people’s lives in powerful ways.”

The need for clean water in many parts of the developing world remains an immediate crisis. Each day, nearly 1,000 children in developing countries under the age of five die from water borne illness. With “One Gallon Here Gives One Gallon There” Watermill Express has been a crucial component in World Vision’s efforts to provide water to children and their communities that are in desperate need.

“The Watermill Express program to donate a gallon of water in the developing world for every gallon purchased in their U.S. kiosks has been critical in helping World Vision achieve our goal of reaching one new person with clean water every 10 seconds,” said Greg Allgood, vice president of water for World Vision.

Furthermore, Watermill Express is a co-founder of Clean Water Here, which is raising awareness about the importance of safe drinking water domestically through the largest social media campaign in U.S. history. Clean Water Here is on its way to generating a social media voice of more than 500 million and will feature posts from celebrities like Sting, Pink, Maroon 5, Pitbull and Pharrell Williams, among others — who will lend their social voice on UN World Water Day, March 22, 2017. Additional information about “Clean Water Here” can be found online at www.cleanwaterhere.org.

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 World Vision

World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization conducting relief, development, and advocacy activities in its work with children, families, and their communities in nearly 100 countries to help them reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender. For more information, please visit www.WorldVision.org/media-center/ or on Twitter @WorldVisionUSA.

About Clean Water Here

Clean Water Here promotes the need for safe drinking water in the United States and abroad. Research indicates that out-of-date plumbing, sometimes over 100 years old is delivering water through pipes that often leak contaminants into the water. In addition, old-fashioned water treatment facilities may not always address 21st-century contaminants like pesticides, industrial chemicals and arsenic. So who is most likely to be drinking this water that is known to cause disease? The poorest and most vulnerable among us. For more information, visit www.cleanwaterhere.org.

Clean Water Here Campaign Promotes Safe Drinking Water in the United States

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As we gear up for UN World Water Day on March 22, Clean Water Here continues to attract celebrity attention for its social media campaign. A global movement originating in the U.S. to help people understand the nature and scope of the worldwide water crisis, Clean Water Her promotes safe drinking water here at home.

To date, the celebrity social media voice supporting the campaign tops a reach of more than 250 million. Worldwide sensations who are onboard with the effort include Jason Derulo, Natasha Bedingfield, Sting, Maroon 5, Halsey, Sara Bareilles and Pentatonix. This new collection of inspiring influencers joins the initial list of supporting celebrities: Pitbull, Juanes, Andra Day, J Balvin and Maná.

“When you think about the influence these stars wield, we know that we’re moving the needle in a major way for safe drinking water,” said Lani Dolifka, the co-creator of Clean Water Here and CEO of Watermill Express. “There are too many U.S. communities and residents in the news these days that still do not have easy and affordable access to safe drinking water. We can’t thank our celebrity supporters enough.”

UN World Water Day is coordinated by UN Water and the 2017 campaign is led by UN Environment, UN-HABITAT, United Nations University and the World Health Organization.

The Clean Water Here initiative educates the public about this important issue. As part of the campaign, dignitaries, celebrities and the public are encouraged to lend their own social media voices to create the largest U.S. clean drinking water social media campaign in history.

The general public is strongly encouraged to lend their own social media voice. Anyone seeking to join should visit: http://causeflash.org/flashes/clean-water-here/.