Your newfound focus this summer may be to increase your consumption of water. Perhaps you’re interested in losing weight, or maybe you’d simply like to boost your energy levels naturally. Either way, although your effort may be noble, you may be inadvertently harming the health of the planet in the process if you drink bottled water from non-eco-conscious companies. Fortunately, Waiakea Water cares about the environment, which is why its Waiakea Hawaiian volcanic water is sustainably sourced.
Waiakea Water’s water originates at the Mauna Loa volcano’s eastern base in an area surrounded by forest preserves. The slopes that feed the company’s Kea’au aquifer provide enough snowmelt and rainwater to generate more than 390 million gallons of water per day. This means that the company’s water source in one month could generate enough water to meet global consumption needs for an entire year. However, the company bottles less than 0.003% of its daily sustainable yield.
So, why exactly is Waiakea Water, which is among the first bottled water companies to earn CarbonNeutral certification, so passionate about conservation? Because the company believes that its responsibility is to protect the natural resources of Hawaii. As keiki o ka ‘āina, or “children of the land,” Waiakea Water staff take pride in practicing mālama i ka ‘āina, or respecting and caring for the land—one of Hawaiian culture’s most essential pillars.
Throughout history, people in Hawaii have embraced their mutually beneficial relationship with the state’s environment. Nature has provided the people of Hawaii with the canoes, musical instruments, tools, housing, clothing, and food they need to survive. In turn, Hawaiians feel that their duty is to safeguard and conserve the environment. With this principle remaining at the center of its operations, Waiakea Water looks forward to continuing to protect the resources of the environment via its sustainable practices in the years ahead.