Waiakea Water — Revolutionizing the Standards of Bottled Water
A couple decades ago, buying bottled water would have been laughable. Now water sales are a multi-billion-dollar enterprise with numerous companies lining the shelves with their bottled water. Each company is trying their best to separate themselves from the rest, whether through their water filtration process or by adding vitamins. One water company that truly stands out from all its competitors is Waiakea Water based in Hawaii.
The name is derived from the Hawaiian words “wai akea” or “broad waters.” Founded in 2012 by Ryan Emmons, a young entrepreneur from Santa Barbara, Waiakea Water is Hawaii volcanic water that is filtered through the Mauna Loa volcano’s aquifers, which is over 14,000 feet of porous volcanic rock. The location of the Mauna Loa volcano allows this water to be incredibly pure since its isolated location is far from the nearest source of pollution.
This unique and natural filtration process adds minerals like potassium, silica, magnesium, and calcium. It also makes Waiakea Water’s pH between 7.8 and 8.8, which is slightly more alkaline compared to other bottled waters. Because of the electrolytes and alkalinity, this volcanic water’s benefits include healthy bones, hair, and skin, reduction of acid reflux symptoms, reduced risk of developing Alzheimer’s, and improvement of osteoporosis.
The company is very community and environmentally minded. Waiakea’s delivery vehicles are low-emission, and they will start offering 100% fully degradable plastic bottles, the first of its kind, this year. While most plastic takes 1,000 years to fully degrade, Waiakea Water’s bottles are estimated to break down within 15 years. Not only are the bottles degradable, but they are made from only recycled plastic. Waiakea Water also donates 3% of their revenues to charities and other programs and provides a week’s worth of water to people in rural Africa for every liter that they sell.