Founded in 2012, Waiakea Water was created by Ryan Emmons, who spent a significant portion of his life in Hawaii with his family. During his time there, Emmons drank water from a natural source, and he began to realize that the water he had been drinking was the among the most healthy and pure water in the world.
Not only is the water suitable for human consumption but the packaging is good for the environment. As many consumers begin migrating away from water in plastic bottles, Waiakea Water introduces premium bottled waters that are certified by CarbonNeutral. With packaging that uses 85% less energy to manufacture than other water bottles, Waiakea Water’s packaging is made from 100% recycled material. Their packaging also has reduced carbon emissions, up to 90% as compared to other leading companies. The plastic in Waiakea Water bottles is also BPA-free.
Waiakea Water has partnered up with Pump Aid, a charity that focuses on implementing a clean water supply in communities. Together both companies have donated 650 liters of clean water to rural areas in Africa. Pump Aid has provided clean water and sanitation to over 1.35 million people. This has included the installation of over 3,200 Elephant Pumps. An Elephant Pump is a design by Pump Aid that is based on an ancient Chinese design.
Pump Aid was the charity of choice by Waiakea Water because of their focus on Malawi. Per data provided by the UN, Malawi has the lowest consumption in the world with just 15-20 liters per day. Compared to Americans that use approximately 176 gallons (roughly 665 liters) per day, there is a real crisis in the country. It is often a life or death situation in Malawi where dirty water and poor sanitation is the leading cause of deaths for children under 5 and the second leading cause for adults.