The bottled water industry has been going green long before the term became popular.
Through refills to home and office bottles, it has demonstrated a significant impact on reducing pollution.
Bermuda Waterworks manufactures bottled water in reusable three and five gallon containers.
The company repurchases used bottles to encourage clients to return them in good condition for a full credit on their next transaction.
At the plant, returned bottles are individually inspected.
Bottles that pass this first step are then cleaned with a soap solution and warm water at high pressure.
Bottles are then rinsed with ozonated water in a sanitizing step. They are filled and capped. Reject bottles are set aside for destruction.
A fraction of bottles are rejected because of small leaks. But the main reason for rejection is neglect and misuse.
Empty bottles should only be refilled with Pure Water. They are not meant to hold trash or other liquids such as a drink mix — a popular fixture at family and church picnics.
Occasionally schools and organizations require bottles for coin drives and other fundraising activities. We encourage clients to contact us if they need reject bottles that we can donate to these events.
In the last two years the company has been able to reduce waste and limit expenses by setting aside special bottles for construction sites, which need bottles to survive harsh environmental conditions.
In Bermuda, tin, aluminium and glass are recycled.
It is our hope that one day plastics will also be part of local recycling efforts, since our three and five gallon containers are 100 per cent recyclable.
In the US beverages in plastic containers are among the most recycled packaged product.
It is important to note that the material used for the manufacture of plastics is from oil that has already been used elsewhere.
In the past several years, bottled water companies have been looking at ways to reduce their environmental footprint.
The bottled water industry is now using lighter weight plastics for its containers.
The amount of resin needed for the manufacture of bottles has been reduced by almost 40 per cent over five years.
We encourage consumers to drink local and use a reusable bottle instead of purchasing an imported bottle that can only be used once.
Bermuda Waterworks’ most popular water cooler is Energy Star rated.
These coolers help residents and businesses to reduce their energy bills, but can also help make a difference for the environment.
This is because products that earn the Energy Star prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the US Environmental and Protection Agency.
These energy efficient coolers are available in room temperature/cold and hot/cold models.
Our company also sells water dispensing equipment that does not require any electricity.
There is the very popular dolphin pump where water is manually pumped out of the bottle.
There is also the compact cradle and valve that sits perfectly on any counter.
The ceramic crock pot is another decorative option.
All of these models dispense water at a pleasant room temperature.
Water conservation is crucial on an island that has no natural rivers or lakes.
Bermuda Waterworks also provides piped metered water of which two-thirds is manufactured by reverse osmosis.
This process does require electricity, however over time, new and energy efficient equipment has been installed in order to reduce our consumption of fossil fuel.
We encourage residents to use our utility water wisely as a top-up supply.
For over 75 years Bermuda Waterworks has manufactured water to meet the island’s growing needs.
We will continue to do our part in making water production as green and efficient as possible.
Karlene Barrow Kelly is the general manager of Pure Water, Bermuda Waterworks. For more information, call 299-7873 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org