For reasons such as water quality to taste, an increasing number of people are choosing bottled water over tap water. But while consumers seem to recognize the benefits of drinking bottled water, few of them realize that there are huge differences in quality among different brands. One of the best and most successful bottled water companies has been Waiakea Water, which bottles water that has been filtered through porous volcanic rock from Hawaii’s Mauna Loa volcano.
As fresh water from the constant rainfall around Mauna Loa passes through volcanic rock, it picks up minerals such as calcium and magnesium. These minerals have numerous health benefits, and they also give Waiakea Water a naturally alkaline pH of 8.2, whereas other bottled water brands range from 4 to 7 pH. Because Waiakea Water’s pH is kept above a neutral 7, it is never acidic; this is another health benefit because consuming acidic foods and beverages can be hazardous to your health. Bottling water that has been filtered through volcanic rock also ensures that Waiakea is naturally sourced, which limits the company’s environmental impact. Combined with Waiakea water’s superior quality, this has made the brand a popular choice among consumers.
Waiakea was founded in 2012 by CEO Ryan Emmons. After Emmons realized that the water his family drank at their home in Hawaii was of such a high quality, he decided to bottle it to provide consumers with naturally superior water. Waiakea is the first Hawaiian bottled water of its kind, and is also the first bottled water company to utilize the ‘triple bottom line’ model, which prioritizes social and environmental impact along with financial gain.
In line with the triple bottom line philosophy, Waiakea gives back to underprivileged communities by donating a weeks’ worth of clean water to people in need for each liter they sell. Waiakea partners with Pump Aid for this endeavor, and providing clean water to as many people as possible has rapidly become part of Waiakea’s mission statement.
Waiakea has also been presented with several awards in recognition of their success. They have received the National Restaurant Association’s Food and Beverage Innovation Award as well as a World Beverage Innovation award, and they were also named one of the top 10 “Most innovative food companies out there” by Good Morning America. Waiakea Water has also been featured in Forbes, People, Beverage World and Organic Authority.