Local business owners and event planners listen up!
Did you know you can have sparkling cold water provided at
your event free of charge? Through the
Purely Local Business Initiative, Louisville Water Company can provide 5-gallon
self-serve coolers and biodegradable cups or even a tap water dispensing mobile
unit, depending on the size of your event.
“Our local community does a great job of supporting local
businesses,” says Christy Ray, public relations specialist at Louisville Water
Company. “Obviously these businesses are
our customers and we really want to help them succeed.”
For smaller events like fundraisers or workshops, Ray says
the “Fill and Chill” program provides environment-friendly water coolers and
cups. All you need to do is fill them up
with pure tap! For bigger events like
outdoor festivals, the “Louisville pure tap® to GO” team will connect a mobile
unit to the water supply line for a continuous supply of drinking water.
“We want to make sure you have ice cold water to serve your
guests,” Ray says. “It’s a completely
free program. We’ll even help promote
your business through our web site and social media channels.”
The initiative helps cut event-planning costs and promotes
sustainability by eliminating the need to buy and serve bottled water.
Several local businesses and non-profits are already
The Comfy Cow has a pure tap branded water fountain and uses
local water when making its sorbet.
Nancy’s Bagels and Modern Family Dentistry are also taking advantage of
the program. Fleet Feet has a branded cooler
and Yang Kee Noodle also provides branded tap water to its guests. Old Louisville Brewery uses local water when
making its beer, and Angel’s Envy, a distillery near Slugger Field, promotes
using local water in the production of its spirits. Heine Bros. kicked off its partnership by
giving out pure tap reusable bottles on National Coffee Day.
Even dancers stay on their toes with fresh water provided by
Louisville Water Company.
“At the Louisville Ballet, they understand the importance of
keeping tap water available for their dancers to stay hydrated during practices
and performances,” Ray says.
Louisville Water doesn’t bottle its water for events because
it wants to encourage environmental stewardship, Ray says. Instead, it sponsors a BYOB Campaign in which
event goers bring their own water bottles to fill and refill for free. “You’ll find us at a variety of events
throughout our service area from WFPK Waterfront Wednesday concerts to Foxhollow
Farm’s Annual Farm Fest to Bernheim Forest -- we deploy our mobile units to nearly
100 events a year.”
“We’re really trying to eliminate that single-use plastic
water bottle waste,” Ray says. “We’re
reminding everyone that you don’t need to buy bottled water at the store
because this plastic later pollutes oceans, fields and waterways. You have great-tasting tap water at your
fingertips, so save your money and the earth by getting back to the tap.”
Every year, 8 million metric tons of plastic ends up in the
world’s oceans, according to Time magazine.
That’s the equivalent to five grocery bags filled with plastic for every
foot of coastline. That figure could
increase ten-fold over the next 10 years if actions are not taken.
“We know customers care about the environment,” Ray says,
“so we help them understand how a small action like choosing tap water over
bottled water can have a big impact.”
Whether it’s home, work or play, Louisville Water has a way
to help you serve tap water that’s so good they gave it a name – Louisville pure
Anyone interested in the free programs can make their
request online at Louisvillepuretap.com. Bottoms up!