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The Truth About Bottled Water
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Water is both fundamental and essential to human life. It keeps our joints lubricated, our bodies hydrated, and our planet healthy.

As a general guideline, the Institute of Medicine recommends men and women over the age of 19 consume 3.7 litres and 2.7 litres of water per day, respectively. While the exact amount may vary depending on lifestyle factors, we access the water we need through liquids and foods with high water content (watermelon and cucumber, for example).

To satisfy these fluid requirements, more and more North Americans are reaching for plastic water bottles over simple tap water. There is a sweeping misconception that bottled water is not only more convenient than tap water, but also safer, cleaner, and healthier. But there’s a big price tag for this belief: bottled water drinkers spend an average of $100 billion dollars per year on single-use plastic bottles.

At Acuva, education is at the core of our business; we want to help our customers make choices that yield the highest financial, physical, and environmental benefits. To help you settle the longstanding bottled water vs. tap water debate, here are four bottled water facts that may surprise you.

 

Plastic water bottles: The facts

1. 25% of bottled water is sourced straight from the tap.

In recent years, major bottled water brands like Dasani and Aquafina have been found guilty of fraudulent labeling, marketing their products as sourced from natural springs when, in reality, they draw from public water sources—the same as household tap water.   

 

2. Tap water quality is more strictly regulated than bottled water quality.

Though you might pay up to 1,000 times more for a single-use plastic bottle than you would tap water (Americans, on average, spend $1.22 per gallon on bottled water), the quality of the product is generally equivalent or even inferior to what you have access to at home. Unlike the Food and Drug Administration that oversees the bottled water industry, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is known for enforcing strict tap water testing and filtration regulations.

 

3. It can take up to 700 years for one plastic water bottle to decompose.

Petroleum-based plastics like polyethylene terephthalate (PET) don’t decompose the same way organic materials do. Each year, an estimated 35 billion plastic bottles are landfilled, littered, or incinerated instead of recycled, putting unnecessary stress on landfills and the environment by wasting upwards of $1 billion of reusable plastic.

 

4. It takes three times the amount of water to produce a plastic water bottle than it does to fill it.

The energy spent on manufacturing bottled water per year is enough to power 190,000 households for the same length of time.

 

Global consumption of bottled water grows by as much as 10 percent each year, which means every little change matters. Looking for ways to reduce your environmental footprint and go green? Here are a few options:

  • Organizations like Ban the Bottle are committed to eliminating the production and circulation of plastic water bottles. Their website is full of facts, tools, and resources to help you take action.

  • Invest in a bottled water alternative. While there are many ways to purify drinking water, making a one-time investment in a UV-LED water disinfection system is proven to deliver a purer, more potable product. One Acuva system can eliminate as many as 1.2 million plastic water bottles over its lifetime.

2017 Year In Review: A Note From Our CEO
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2017 has been a monumental growth year for Acuva, one we’re especially proud of. With change comes challenge, but also achievement; as we look back on the past twelve months, there is much to celebrate, and we’re excited to share some of our accomplishments with you as we look ahead to a new year filled with exciting opportunity.

 

New Products

Acuva exists to transform the way we think about and drink water. Considerable time, thought, and resources went into fine-tuning our proprietary technology before debuting our original suite of UV-LED water purification systems. However, keeping pace with evolving technologies and protecting our reputation as a global leader in water purification requires an unwavering growth mindset. Our team has this in spades.

Our goal is, and always has been, to deliver industry-leading solutions that respond to our customers’ needs and position us to provide safe, clean water to people around the world. Thanks to advancements in LED technology, this year alone we’ve successfully doubled our products’ performance to provide the same level of disinfection with half the UV-LEDs.

Your feedback also inspired us to completely reimagine our 1L unit. In September, we launched the Eco Water Purifier, a system as compact as it is powerful. The Eco is a smart, portable system whose applications we’ve only just begun to scratch the surface of.

 

New Relationships

Early on, we recognized an opportunity to provide an eco-friendly alternative for RVs, boats, and cabins beyond bottled water or unreliable filtration techniques. Staying connected to these customer communities has helped us refine our technology in a way that suits their lifestyles and breeds trust. We’ve especially enjoyed connecting with influential members of the RVing market; endorsement from trusted sources like RV Geeks has improved awareness of our UV-LED technology and purification systems and we truly appreciate their support.

Although major cities including Vancouver and Paris have taken notice and invested in municipal-level UV water purification, we wanted to make our technology accessible to the residential market, too. In October we showcased our products at the Vancouver Fall Home Show, and look forward to exploring this opportunity further in 2018.

Demand for our product is growing; to continue to deliver on our promise of removing harmful microbial pathogens, we maintain positive, professional relationships with original equipment manufacturers and a growing group of distributors.

 

New Faces

The most valuable part of this business is the team we’ve built around it. Acuva’s successes this year—from developing IP to filing for 10 patents and getting our product to market—are due to the dedication and skill of our talented group of sales, operational, and technical professionals. I would like to take a moment to congratulate all of our team members on their hard work and help in transforming the water purification industry.

 

New Horizons

I immigrated to Canada from India with a goal to support a product that would positively impact the lives of people in my home country and beyond. Growing up in India meant I saw firsthand what is advertised in the media: that waterborne illness and disease is the world’s leading cause of death. Each year, 3.4 million lives are lost, and I’m proud to be at the head of a business that can drastically reduce these numbers by providing water free of harmful pathogens.

Our vision is and always has been to develop a technology that could scale to solve our planet’s global water crisis. Water is a basic human necessity, and we believe everyone deserves safe, clean drinking water. In 2018, we look forward to exploring opportunities to take our technology in the direction of this vision.    

Happy holidays to you and yours!

Sincerely,

Manoj Singh