Clean Water Here Campaign Promotes Clean Water Awareness

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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 Here 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/.

 

New Report Finds Chromium-6 in U.S. Drinking Water

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While many Americans are concerned about the safety of their drinking water, the situation may be more dire than we realize. A new report has shown that there are potentially dangerous levels of chromium-6 contaminating tap water that is consumed by millions of Americans.

Chromium-6 is a carcinogenic chemical that scientific reports have indicated can cause cancer. Chromium-6 occurs naturally but is also produced by industrial processes such as stainless steel production, manufacturing of dyes and pigments, textile manufacturing and electroplating.

“But this new analysis from the Environmental Working Group, an independent advocacy group, examines evidence from water systems throughout the nation and concludes that the tap water of 218 million Americans contains levels of chromium-6 that the group considers dangerous,” the article says. “Whether it is chromium-6, PFOA or lead, the public is looking down the barrel of a serious water crisis across the country that has been building for decades.”

Click here to read the study, and click here to read the full article.

The need for clean drinking water is clearer than ever. Click here to read more about Watermill Express’ efforts nationwide or visit our Facebook page.

Studies Show Public Water Supply is Still Unsafe for Millions of Americans

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Though safe, clean drinking water is something many of us take for granted, a recently published study shows that millions of Americans may be drinking water with dangerously unsafe levels of industrial chemicals, according to a CNN article.

“Still, the study showed that 16.5 million Americans have one of six types of PFASs (polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl substances or PFASs, have been linked to high cholesterol, obesity, hormone suppression — and even cancer) in their drinking water at levels at or above the maximum EPA limit,” the article says. “Overall, the highest levels were in watersheds near industrial sites, military bases and wastewater treatment plants. Though 194 public water supplies with higher-than-recommended chemical concentrations are located in 33 states, three-quarters of the toxic water supplies are in just 13 states: California, New Jersey, North Carolina, Alabama, Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, Georgia, Minnesota, Arizona, Massachusetts and Illinois.”

Click here to read the study, and click here for the full CNN article.

The need for clean drinking water all over America is apparent. Click here to read more about Watermill Express’ efforts nationwide or visit our Facebook page.

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

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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

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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

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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.

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS – September 24, 2016 – Watermill Express donates water to the 3rd Annual Triumph Over Kid Cancer Foundation’s “James A. Ragan GiddyUp!Race”

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – September 24, 2016 – Watermill Express, the nation’s largest drive-up pure drinking water and ice company, donated 75 gallons of pure drinking water to 3rd Annual Triumph Over Kid Cancer Foundation’s “James A. Ragan Giddy Up! Race”. The goal of the James A. Ragan Giddy Up! Race is to bring more awareness to pediatric cancers.

Each year, over 10,000 children are diagnosed with pediatric cancer – children with a full life ahead of them. Instead of going to school with friends and playing sports, they are forced to undergo surgery and various rounds of chemotherapy and radiation. The mission at Triumph Over Kid Cancer is to raise awareness of the horrors of pediatric cancer and the lack of funding it receives, and raise money to fund research into pediatric cancer.

“Thank you Watermill Express for helping make the 3rd Annual James A. Ragan GiddyUp!Race a success,” said event organizer Kesley Lancon. “With over 1,000 runners and their families present, the amount of wasted single-use water bottles was considerably reduced. Everyone serving water at the finish line had a smile on their face and a positive attitude!”

Approximately 568 single-use plastic  water bottles were kept out of local landfills due to Watermill Express’s participation in this event.

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.

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA – September 10, 2016 – Watermill Express donates water to The Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk Series

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CLEARWATER, Florida – September 10, 2016 – Watermill Express, the nation’s largest drive-up pure drinking water and ice company, donated 40 gallons of pure drinking water to The Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk Series which was created to honor the heroic life and death of Stephen Siller, a New York City firefighter (FDNY) who lost his life on September 11, 2001 after strapping on his gear and running through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the Twin Towers.

It is to honor all of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 and support our first responders and military who make extraordinary sacrifices in the line of duty.

“We’re very grateful for your contribution” said event organizer Matt Handwerk.

Approximately 300 single-use plastic  water bottles were kept out of local landfills due to Watermill Express’s participation in this event.

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.

HOUSTON, TX – August 18th , 2016 – Watermill Express supplies water and ice for the Back-To-School Health Fair at Rucker Elementary

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HOUSTON, Texas – August 18th, 2016 – Watermill Express, the nation’s largest drive-up pure drinking water and ice company, donated water and ice for the Back-To-School Health Fair at Rucker Elementary. Over 30 gallons of pure drinking water were handed out to approximately 300 participants.

The Back-to-School event provided local families with information and supplies to start the new school year.

“Thank you so much for being here and we appreciated the great iced water.” said Yvette Hernandez, from the City of Houston Councilman’s David Robinson’s office.

Approximately 200 single-use plastic water bottles were kept out of local landfills due to Watermill Express’s participation in this event.

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.

McALLEN, Texas – June 17th, 2016 – Watermill Express, along with Make-A-Wish® Rio Grande Valley, presented winners of the First Annual Watermill Express Young Entrepreneurs Business Contest – Guppy Tank

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McALLEN, Texas – June 17th, 2016 – Watermill Express, the nation’s largest drive-up pure drinking water and ice company, along with Make-A-Wish® Rio Grande Valley, presented winners of the First Annual Watermill Express Young Entrepreneurs Business Contest – Guppy Tank.

Five young entrepreneurs between the ages of 8-13 pitched their business ideas before a panel of judges for a chance to win $1,400 in cash prizes to start their own business. The First Place winner was Isabella Garcia from Harlingen, Texas for her idea of “Kids Live”, a way for kids to stay active and healthy by participating in group activities at a local park. The Second Prize winner was Cristian Rivera from Harlingen, Texas for his idea of “Just Imagine” a place where kids could use their creativity to create new ideas using building bricks.

“It was fun to see all of the great ideas these children were able to come up with”, said Tim Smith, Chief Meteorologist –KRGV 5 and judge. “The Guppy Tank gives children a great opportunity to show what they can do. Thanks to Watermill Express for championing this new competition which will benefit countless young people in the years to come while also helping Make-A-Wish® Rio Grande Valley. Well done!”

In addition to recognizing the entrepreneurial spirit of Valley youth, Watermill Express presented a check for $2,500 to Make-A-Wish® Rio Grande Valley to help make a wish come true for a child in the RGV. Make-A-Wish has changed the lives of children with life-threatening conditions by granting their “wishes” and positively impacting the child and their families.

“We are so pleased to be a partner with Watermill Express!” said Make-A-Wish® Rio Grande Valley’s Executive Director, Ava Sandlin. “Their latest, creative way of giving back to the community was such a great match with Make-A-Wish. The Guppy Tank was a means of giving hope and teaching young entrepreneurs how to plan for the future. We look forward to continuing our long term relationship with our wonderful friends from Watermill Express making a difference for our brave little heroes.”

Inter National Bank provided a meeting facility for the Guppy Tank presentations which was judged by Ava Sandlin Executive Director of Make-A-Wish® Rio Grande Valley, Tim Smith, Chief Meteorologist –KRGV 5, Chris Gonzales-President & CEO of the Harlingen Chamber of Commerce, Tracy Gerdes at Simply Divine/ board member of Make-A-Wish® Rio Grande Valley, Eloy Cuevas, RGV Marketing Manager and Lani Dolifka, President & CEO of Watermill Express.

Congratulations to the following winners of the First Annual Watermill Express Young Entrepreneurs Business Contest – Guppy Tank:

First Prize:                          Isabella Garcia
Second Place:                   Cristian Rivera
Finalist:                               Andrick Garcia
Finalist:                               Kendra Hernandez/Madison Meyers
Finalist:                               Josiah Ramos/Karla Rivera/Sidni Wentz

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.