Waiakea Bottled Water: Good For You, Good For Africa

Like most people, you're probably always looking for ways to enhance your healthy lifestyle. As a health-conscious person, you probably take care to eat well and to stay as hydrated as possible. When it comes to staying hydrated, water is the way to go. It's easy to assume that one brand of bottled water is no different than the next, but nothing could be further from the truth. The fact is that there's more to water than, well, water. Many brands try to distinguish themselves with fancy marketing campaigns, but few deliver on their promises. Waiakea bottled water is a huge exception.

If you're an environmentally conscious person, you probably try to avoid bottled water due to concerns about the impact that plastic has on the environment. However, by supporting Waiakea, you aren't just buying some of the best water on the planet to enjoy. You're also supporting an initiative that brings clean, safe drinking water to people in isolated villages around the world. Through a partnership with Pump Aid, Waiakea has already played a pivotal role in assisting people who lack access to safe water. Every time that you buy a liter of Waiakea bottled water, the company donates a week's worth of drinking water to villages in Africa and elsewhere around the world.

Access to safe, clean drinking water is a basic human right. Sadly, however, a considerable percentage of the world's population goes without it. In 2014, for example, approximately 650 million people were living without access to safe water. At least 2.3 billion people around the world lack access to basic sanitation. Thirst is just one consequence of this. The impact is incredibly far-reaching, as dirty water promotes the spread of serious illnesses. In the search for potable water, villagers--mostly women and girls--devote vast amounts of time and energy. This time and energy could be better used elsewhere.

Although Pump Aid provides its remarkable pumps to villages around the world, the partnership with Waiakea is focused on the tiny southeastern African country of Malawi. One of the least developed countries in the world, approximately 85 percent of its nearly 17 million inhabitants live in isolated rural areas. Not surprisingly many lack access to safe water. Citizens of Malawi face high infant mortality rates, and they have low life expectancy not only due to a lack of basics like water but due to the scourge of HIV/AIDS, which runs rampant in this part of the world.

When Ryan Emmons founded Waiakea, he did so initially with the intention of showing the world the incredible properties of the water that originates from a spring at Mauna Loa on the Big Island of Hawaii. With its unique mineral composition, extraordinary pH level and high concentration of silica, Waiakea water provides a wide array of exciting health benefits. Filtered as it is through thousands of feet of highly porous volcanic rock, the water has a remarkably smooth, silky consistency. It is also crisp and unbelievably refreshing, so it's easy to see why many people stock up on it as often as possible.

The irony of spending extra money on "designer" water, as bottled water is often called, is not lost on the founders of Waiakea. With millions of people around the world struggling for a single drop of clean drinking water, the idea of selling even special water strictly for financial gain just wouldn't be right. Besides, the real motive behind bringing this water to market was to introduce the world to its incredible health benefits. To ensure that the water not only helps those who drink it but that it has a positive impact on the world in general, Emmons decided to think outside the box.

The company wanted to get behind a cause that truly matters, and the idea of bringing potable water to remote villages was very appealing. Happily, Pump Aid was more than willing to collaborate with Waiakea to make the charity happen. Pump Aid has been providing water pumps to villages in developing countries around the world for several years. In Malawi alone, Pump Aid has built and installed more than 4,200 "Elephant Pumps," as they are known. Through their actions, more than 487,000 people now have reliable access to clean, safe drinking water.

The way that the Pump Aid program works is simple. For every liter of Waiakea bottled water that is sold, a week's worth of drinking water is donated to Africa. This is accomplished through the financial support of the Pump Aid initiative. Rather than coming in and doing all of the work for villagers, the organization provides the training and support that are needed to dig wells, build pumps and get them in good working order. Members of Pump Aid train local villagers on building pumps like these, ensuring that access to clean water will continue.

Through the Pump Aid initiative, fewer people in Africa will die from thirst or from illnesses that have developed due to dirty water and a lack of sanitation services. Not only that, but the time and effort that were once expended on the search for water can be used elsewhere--in particular, for the betterment of the local village and area. Rather than being consumed by having to hunt for the most basic of resources, villagers are freed up not only to improve their overall situation but to have real hope for the future.

When you purchase Waiakea bottled water, then, you are doing a small part to help with the water problems of many developing nations. What's even better is that you get to enjoy a bottle of truly remarkable water for your efforts. Most bottled water has a neutral pH level of around 7.0. Waiakea water, however, has a pH that ranges from 7.8 to 8.8, making it naturally alkaline. The alkalinity is excellent for overall health, and the water is also naturally fortified with key electrolytes like sodium, calcium, potassium and magnesium. Additionally, it contains around 30 mg of silica per serving. This is significant because silica is known to have many health benefits.

Waiakea has even taken steps to make their packaging far more sustainable than what is used by most bottled water companies. Waiakea water bottles are composed of 100-percent recycled polyethylene terephthalate, which requires about 85 percent less energy to produce. The manufacturing process also produces at least 90 percent fewer carbon emissions, making Waiakea water among the first to be rated CarboNeutral. With benefits for personal health, the planet and for villagers in remote areas of Africa and elsewhere around the globe, there is no end to the positives that go along with supporting Waiakea water.

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