Creating a Company Culture of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. We Work Better Together at Premium Waters

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). You have likely heard the words lately, but have you taken the time to let the profound impact of the words sink in?

DEI stands for diversity, equity, and inclusion.

  • Diversity is the presence of difference within a particular setting. In the workforce, that means differences in race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, and socioeconomic class.
  • Equity is the process of ensuring that all processes and programs are impartial, fair, and balanced for everyone.
  • Inclusion is the process of ensuring that all people have a sense of belonging. All employees feel comfortable and supported by the organization when it comes to just being themselves.

Premium Waters, Inc. is committed to developing and fostering a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusivity. The commitment is outlined in our Equity Statement below.

Equity Statement: Ensuring Opportunities for All 

Premium Waters is committed to advancing equity, diversity, inclusion, and fairness in all forms. We at Premium Waters, Inc. believe that labels belong on bottled water, not people. Premium Waters has been and continues to be committed to cultivating a culturally inclusive workplace that hires, trains, and promotes regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, veteran status, or any other federal, state, or local protected class. We will continue to strive to foster an environment that celebrates differences in our teams at all PWI locations. We recognize that a diverse and inclusive workforce results in better decision-making, faster and more innovative problem solving, and creates a safe and welcoming environment for everyone.

As noted above, at Premium Waters, Inc., we are actively working to attract, train, retain, and promote a diverse and highly skilled workforce to ensure the best outcomes for our customers while fostering a positive and nurturing environment for our employees. We are proud to invest in our valued employees through initiatives like offering tuition reimbursement programs.

Our plant, home & office delivery and corporate management teams, including our board of directors, participate in extensive training. The 40-hour course provides our managers with an in-depth analysis of what makes diversity so important, how existing solutions have mitigated diversity barriers, and how to create long-lasting diverse organizations and teams. Along with that, all employees at PWI have access to internal training on inclusivity that promotes valuing each other’s differences and recognizing each other’s unique qualities, skills, and talents.

PWI has a volunteer DEI Committee that is made up of individuals from different departments within the company. They come together to provide innovation, oversight, and guidance to ensure that our DEI principals are reflected companywide. One recent initiative was developing a cultural events calendar, along with supporting collateral, to educate our teams and heighten awareness and understanding.

See what some of our employees have to say about working at PWI and learn more about our company and team (Premium Waters, Inc. : DEI)! If you are interested in joining us, visit our Careers page (Employment & Career Opportunities | Premium Waters, Inc.) to see our current openings.

Donate to Make a Difference: A Premium Waters Update

donate to make a difference

At Premium Waters, we think that our success is measured beyond dollars and cents. It’s important to us to give back to the local communities that mean so much to us. We want to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to all of our wonderful customers! Because of your business, we can continue to support charitable organizations and events for a variety of meaningful causes. We’re proud to donate to make a difference to help change lives for the better.

How We Donate to Make a Difference—Thanks to You!

2020 Holiday Donation:

At the end of 2020, each Premium Waters plant and office location throughout the country was given $100 per employee to donate towards a meaningful cause. As a team, they collectively decided where to allocate those funds in their local area.

Some of the charities, businesses, and organizations we were able to support include: Harvesters – The Community Food Network, Hope Faith, Greeneville-Greene County Community Ministries, Stewpot Children & Teens In Action, SOS International, Feed My People Food Bank, Coal Fund, Quanada, Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation, and Second Harvest Heartland. One of our teams elected to pass out food to people in need. We want to thank all of these organizations and recognize the hard and necessary work they do in our communities.

Summer 2021 Donation to the American Cancer Society (ACS):

Since June is National Cancer Survivors Month, we wanted to honor those who have and are battling cancer. Premium Waters donated $75 to the ACS for every new Nicolet five-gallon home and office delivery customer that signed up during the months of June and July in Wisconsin. The current pandemic has threatened the ACS’s ability to fulfill its lifesaving mission, so supporting this organization became an important company-wide initiative.

Hydrate the Homeless:

This is a nonprofit organization that travels to unprotected homeless shelters in the Milwaukee, WI area during the hottest month of the summer to distribute cases of clean water to those in need. Premium Waters has partnered with this nonprofit to distribute water for the past four years. 

Here are Some of the Local Events Premium Waters is Proud to Have Supported or Sponsored in 2021

iCan Bike Program: Hosted by the Autism Society of SE WI, this program’s goal is to teach individuals with disabilities how to ride a conventional bike and become lifelong independent riders. iCan Bike uses a fleet of adapted bicycles, a specialized instructional program, and trained staff to teach individuals with disabilities how to ride a bike. The bike camp was held in Cedarburg, WI.

Go Hawaiian for Hospice Luau Lunch Fundraiser: Hosted by Choice Bank, all proceeds from this event directly benefit Hospice of the Red River Valley. The event took place in Fargo, ND.

Tri My Best Triathlon This is an adaptive event for children and young adults with developmental disabilities (ages five and up). All athletes of all ability levels were welcome to participate. The swim, bike, run event promoted physical activity and perseverance. It was the largest Tri My Best Triathlon in the nation. This special triathlon event took place in Kenosha, WI.

The Polo Classic: This is the preeminent polo event in the Twin Cities with a rich history of exciting competition and unique events. The Polo Classic is an initiative of This Old Horse, Inc., with the mission of providing support through this annual event for retired and rescued racehorses. Premium Waters hosted a booth and sponsored halftime at this charitable event in Maple Plain, MN.

Walk For Wishes: Hosted by the Make-A-Wish® Wisconsin chapter, this event in Milwaukee, WI included a kid’s dash, 5k, 1-mile courses, activities, and food trucks. Currently, more than 500 wish children are waiting for their wishes to be granted. By supporting Walk For Wishes, the organization moves closer to its goal of granting every eligible wish.

Prairie Pothole Day: This event celebrates outdoor sports and can draw up to 4,000 people to New London, MN. The proceeds from various raffles funded local conservation projects and programs.

Overall, Premium Waters donates to make a difference for hundreds of causes that support community efforts in more than 35 states. If you would like to request a charitable donation, please submit your request here: https://premiumwaters.com/about-us/community-involvement/

Five Easy & Fun DIY Crafts with Plastic Water Bottles

DIY crafts with plastic water bottles

Have some empty plastic water bottles in your recycling bin? That’s wonderful. Did you know that you can also reuse and repurpose those containers for multiple purposes? From creating a piggy bank to a bird feeder, unleash your creativity at home via the following do-it-yourself (DIY) crafts with plastic water bottles that only require a handful of supplies. Perfect for adults and kids alike, these easy and fun projects promote stress relief and relaxation while uplifting your mood and encouraging valuable bonding time. Now get off that phone and transform your extra plastic water bottles!

Handy DIY Crafts with Plastic Water Bottles You’ll Enjoy Making

 

Self-Watering Planter Pot

If you enjoy having plants but dislike watering them regularly, this craft is calling your name. Depending on the size of your bottle, you could have self-watering planter pots for herbs, flowers, vegetables, and more. 

Supplies Needed:

  • Plastic Bottle
  • Plant of Your Choice
  • Soil
  • 10” of Yarn
  • Craft Knife
  • Hammer & Nail

Project Steps:

  1. Cut the bottle into two half-sections, top and bottom.
  2. Make a hole in the cap on the top section with a hammer and nail and run the yarn through the hole, leaving five inches on each side.
  3. Add the soil and plant while holding the string up in the top section. 
  4. Fill the bottom half of the bottle with water.
  5. Place the top section into the base.
  6. Water once from the top and then refill the base as needed. The yarn will help the water seep into the soil to create a suitable environment for the plant to grow.

Bird Feeder

Experience the wonders of nature right in your backyard with an affordable DIY bird feeder. Not only do bird feeders positively impact the health of the local wildlife, but it’s also an opportunity to unwind, de-stress, and listen to the relaxing sounds of joyful chirping. Kids can start to identify different bird species and learn about the importance of caring for animals. 

Supplies Needed:

  • Plastic Bottle
  • Two Wooden Spoons
  • Permanent Marker
  • Craft Knife
  • Funnel
  • Floral Wire or Twine

Project Steps: 

  1. With a permanent marker, draw a small circle (the size of the spoon handle) on one side of the bottle about 4” from the bottom. Use a craft knife to cut it out. Directly opposite this hole, cut a slightly larger hole for the curved bowl of the spoon to rest. Repeat this process two inches from the bottom of the bottle, but use the opposite sides of the bottle so that your spoons end up being 90° from each other. 
  2. Fill the bottle with birdseed via a funnel. 
  3. Secure wire or twine around the neck of the bottle to hang the feeder.

Multi-Purpose Organizer

Find what you need when you need it with a homemade multi-purpose organizer that can hold items from pens and pencils to mail and magazines. These nifty units are handy to have at home, the office, and wherever you need additional storage. Step up your organization game and reuse several plastic water bottles at once. It’s a win-win.

Supplies Needed:

  • Plastic Bottles (3–6+)
  • Craft Knife
  • Glue
  • Wooden Board or Cardboard
  • Patterned Paper or Labels (Optional)
  • Nail
  • Hammer

Project Steps: 

  1. If you’re using the organizer for mail or magazines, cut off only the top curved portion of the bottles so that the paper contents can be securely held in place. If you’re using the organizer for pens, pencils, etc., cut the bottles down to your desired length. The bottle should resemble a cup at this point. 
  2. Arrange your bottle cups in your preferred shape (square or rectangle) on a piece of wood board or cardboard that matches the placement. There can be one or multiple rows of cups together. 
  3. If desired, decorate the cups with patterned paper, labels, or any craft supplies of your choice. 
  4. Glue or nail the cups to the wooden board or cardboard.
  5. Place the board on your desired surface or nail it to the wall for horizontal storage.

Piggy Bank

Say goodbye to the days of purchasing piggy banks to hold your spare change by making one instead. Teach your kids to save their money in a fun way. If you want your bank to take on the shape of a different animal, the options are endless regarding what you can create.

Supplies Needed:

  • Plastic Bottle
  • Colored/Patterned Paper 
  • Googly Eyes or Permanent Marker
  • Pipe Cleaner (Optional)
  • ½” Beads
  • Glue
  • Craft Knife

Project Steps:

  1. Cut out a slit about 2” long and ½” wide alongside the length of the bottle.
  2. Take a piece of paper and cover the cylinder body of the bottle, leaving the top and bottom sections clear. Remove the access paper covering the slit. 
  3. Cut out two pig ears and one circle that’s the same size as the bottle cap.
  4. Glue the circle on the bottle cap and the ears on the edge of the paper closest to the “spout.” Stick two googly eyes or draw eyes with a marker on the top section halfway between the cap and the ears. Use the marker to also draw two circles on the cap to act as the nose. 
  5. Turn the bottle over to the bottom side that’s opposite of the slit opening. Glue one bead on each of the four corners so that the bank stands up when flipped. 
  6. If desired, cut a short piece of the pipe cleaner, twist it into a spiral shape, and glue it to the bottom of the bottle to act like the pig’s tail.

Bracelet

Love to accessorize? Create your own unique bracelets with the colors, patterns, and materials that represent your personality. The best part is…no one else will have the same item! Make numerous bracelets from just one plastic water bottle and stack up your collection. It’s a fun and creative activity that you can proudly display whenever you wear them.

Supplies Needed:

  • Plastic Bottle
  • Craft Knife or Scissors
  • Glue
  • Yarn, Ribbon, Fabric, or Tissue Paper Strips

Project Steps: 

  1. Cut a ring of plastic from the body of the bottle that measures 1–3” in width, depending on how large you’d like your bracelet to be.
  2. Add glue to the surface of the ring in sections and wrap the yarn, fabric, or tissue paper strips around the front and back. Make sure that the edges of the bracelet are entirely covered for maximum comfort.
  3. If you are using tissue paper strips, make sure to add a coat of clear glue on the entire bracelet, let it dry, and repeat until you achieve a shiny finish. 

The next time you’re looking for a fun and creative activity to do at home, keep these easy DIY crafts with plastic water bottles in mind. Reuse what you have and transform these versatile vessels into objects you’ll enjoy time and time again!

Premium Waters’ Commitment to Sustainable Bottled Water Solutions

bottled water sustainability

The reality is that thousands of food and beverage products are packaged in non-recyclable or thick, bulky recyclable plastic. At Premium Waters, Inc. (PWI), we attempt to utilize the least amount of plastic possible when delivering safe, convenient, and quality water to your door. Reducing the current impact of plastic on our environment will take a united effort among all the companies who can sustainably manufacture their goods and the consumers who can incorporate consistent recycling practices.

Collaborative Strides Toward Sustainable Bottled Water

We advocate for cross-industry solutions through membership in the Sustainable Packaging Coalition® because we believe there isn’t one definitive source contributing to environmental problems and pollution, and that we can better address these complex problems by working together towards a mutual goal.

In areas with contaminated tap water or after a natural disaster, bottled water is the only reliable source of safe drinking water. In cases where available tap water is unsafe or during the event of an earthquake, flood, or when supplies of drinkable tap water are interrupted or have failed, bottled water can save lives. Thus, producing sustainable bottled water is an ideal solution for people and the planet.

How Premium Waters Embraces Sustainability

bottled water sustainability

For years, Premium Waters, Inc. (PWI) has been actively developing and integrating sustainable business practices, intending to expand upon these initiatives heading into the future. PWI President Greg Nemec noted, “PWI has long been practical in its approaches towards sustainability. We’re committed to making improvements in all that we do for the long term.” Keep reading to learn more about our efforts!

 

Using Recycled Plastic and Improving Recyclability

bottled water sustainability

Plastic is a resource that can be recycled and repurposed over and over again. Currently, about 98% of our products are 100% recyclable. As a sustainable bottled water initiative, we have begun incorporating recycled plastic in our bottles and intend to have an average recycled content of 20% across all bottles by the end of 2020. With this goal, we would prevent the equivalent of approximately 1.5 billion new bottles from entering the market. We are also working with our label vendor Inland, in partnership with Avery Dennison, to create CleanFlake™ labels for all .7L and 1L bottles. These innovative labels leave behind no adhesive residue on the bottle during the recycling process, which allows for previously unrecyclable bottles to be converted back to usable recycled plastic.

 

Minimizing Overall Waste

bottled water sustainability

As a lean manufacturing initiative, a number of our plants are minimizing waste to landfill facilities. These plants closely monitor their garbage each month to ensure that the least amount of true waste is going out. The vast majority of materials in those locations are recycled. Our plants also strive to use minimal water by incorporating water treatments to reduce lost water and manage wastewater with the help of upgraded compressed air.

 

Conserving Natural Resources

bottled water sustainabilityWe’re heading towards going completely paperless for our day-to-day operations. This includes developing and using paperless processes and integrating the use of electronic transactions for customers and vendors, as well as paperless expense reports internally. To take it a step further, we’ve already converted one of our plants to generate and use clean, renewable solar energy via solar panels on the roof and have updated lighting fixtures with LED in other plant locations to maximize energy efficiency.

 

Optimizing Supply Distribution

bottled water sustainabilityIn some cases, we’ll transport product directly to stores versus housing inventory in warehouses and transporting it twice. With additional plant locations, we’re closer to customers, which also enables us to travel less. To reduce the amount of fuel used for “empty miles” during large freight transportation, we utilize backhauls whenever possible, so that the truck is always stocked while on the road.

 

Back in 2008, we were one of the first bottled water companies to receive the Safe Quality Food (SQF) Code 2000 Certification, which highlights our commitment to producing safe, quality products. We are equally committed to producing sustainable bottled water and developing eco-friendly business practices. Partner with us as we look to be part of the solution and help do good for our planet!

Giving Back & Making An Impact

Premium Waters Donations

We’d like to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to all of our wonderful customers!

Because of your business, Premium Waters, Inc. is able to support charitable organizations and events for a variety of meaningful causes. We’re proud to help change lives and strengthen communities one bottle or gallon of water at a time.

Charities We’ve Supported – Thanks to You!

 

Race for the Cure Twin CitiesSusan G. Komen Twin Cities Race for the Cure

The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® series is the world’s largest and most successful education and fundraising event for breast cancer. The series of 5K runs and fitness walks raise significant funds for the breast cancer movement, supports those living with metastatic breast cancer, celebrates breast cancer survivorship, and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease. In recent years, nearly 30,000 participants have attended the Twin Cities race every Mother’s Day.

Premium Waters has supported this event for years. For the 2019 race, our brands Chippewa® Springs and Water Joe™ were gold sponsors, and our employees and their families volunteered to distribute bottles of water to attendees.

Ruby’s Pantry

Founded in 2003, Ruby’s Pantry serves over 450k people each year and distributes over 16 million pounds of food. Pop-Up Pantry’s are held on various days throughout the week, including Saturdays in over 75 communities across Minnesota and Wisconsin. Each guest who goes to a Pop-Up Pantry donates $20 per food share and receives an abundance of grocery items. Ruby’s Pantry is a 501 C3 non-profit and has a rich heritage as a community outreach program.

Ruby’s Pantry is our surplus donation partner. We donate most of our extra inventory to help hydrate local communities.

Pierce 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb

Pierce Memorial Stair Climb

Pierce Manufacturing hosts their 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb annually at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. All proceeds go to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to provide resources to assist their survivors in rebuilding their lives and to work within the fire service community to reduce firefighter deaths. At the 2018 event, more than 2,700 participants promised to “never forget” the 343 New York firefighters who lost their lives on that tragic day.

Our brand Nicolet™ Natural, the official bottled water of the Green Bay Packers, was proud to be the sponsor of all water for last year’s event.

Hydrate the Homeless MN

Festival Foods Turkey Trot

The Festival Foods Turkey Trot allows participants to partake in either a timed five-mile run or an untimed two-mile fun run/walk every Thanksgiving morning. This event benefits the Boys & Girls Club and YMCA in communities that Festival Foods serves. In the past 11 years, the Festival Foods Turkey Trot has donated more than 2.5 million dollars! Every fall, Premium Waters donates all the gallons of water for this event throughout Wisconsin.

Hydrate the Homeless

Water is the essence of life. Hydrate the Homeless is a non-profit organization that travels to unprotected homeless shelters in the Milwaukee, WI area during the hottest month of the summer to distribute cases of clean water to those in need.

Last summer, Premium Waters provided Hydrate the Homeless over 34,000 bottles of water we produced at a bulk discounted rate for the second year to support this non-profit. From July 9–31, 2018, cases of water were delivered to the following homeless shelters: Just One More Ministries, Street Angels, Pathfinders, Guest House, Rescue Mission, Street Life, Walkers Point Youth Shelter, and MacCanon Brown Homeless Sanctuary.

 


Learn more about other charities & events we support!

We’re eternally grateful for your business and the opportunity to make a difference in our communities.

“We rise by lifting others.” —Robert Ingersoll

Our Commitment to Quality Ensures Healthy, Sustainably Sourced Water

responsibly sourced water

“When Perrier first entered the country in the 1970’s, few would have predicted the heights to which bottled water would eventually climb,” said Michael Bellas, chairman and chief executive officer, Beverage Marketing Corp., in a Reuters article in 2017.

We tell you time and time again here at Premium Waters that you should be drinking more water. It’s hard to fathom today, but just 20 years ago Americans were drinking, on average, 54 gallons of soda a year, compared to only 42 gallons of water. We’re thrilled that those numbers have almost completely flip-flopped and in 2016 bottled water surpassed carbonated soft drinks to become the largest beverage category in the U.S., according to the research and consulting firm Beverage Marketing Corp.

All of that is great news as the health benefits of drinking lots of water are innumerable, while the health benefits of drinking soda are slightly less than the number used in the chemical formula H2O. Bottled water is a healthy and convenient way to drink more water each day—we recommend at least a half a gallon each day.

So How Do You Know If Your Bottled Water is Healthy?

Quality is something we don’t take lightly at Premium Waters. We all love what we do and we have a lot of fun doing it, but when it comes to our consumer’s good health, we’re very serious. When it comes to bottled water quality, Premium Waters means business. We maintain high standards with protected sources, rigorous purification processes, reliable sanitization and testing procedures, and strict quality control measures. All of our plants operate under the strict HACCP plans and standards set by the United States Food and Drug Administration.

One of our goals at Premium Waters is to continuously improve our Food Safety Management Systems and Quality Systems to ensure confidence in the delivery of safe and clean water products to customers and consumers. To this end, we regularly undergo audits and inspections that include:

  • In-house testing and independent labs ensure continuous compliance with all federal and state regulations
  • Water chemistry tests and packaging quality tests are performed regularly by operators, technicians, and automated systems
  • Third-party tests are regularly conducted through samples and independent test labs
  • Plants are regularly audited by third-party auditors such as the International Bottled Water Association, the Safe Quality Food Institute, and Eurofins

Standards of quality enacted by the FDA for bottled water must be as protective of the public health as EPA’s Primary Drinking Water Standards (known as Maximum Contaminant Levels) for tap water. Ensuring the safety of the water is our primary objective in providing our bottled water products to our customers.

At Premium Waters we’ll always tell you that you should be drinking more water. Your body is made up of 60% water, so it only makes sense that adding to that supply each day leads to more health and vitality. We’ll always stress the value of drinking high-quality water; water that’s sourced responsibly and passes rigorous testing. From source to bottle, we’re proud of the responsibility we take in providing our customers the very best!

New Water Study Reveals 75% of Businesses Have Their Water Delivered – How Satisfied Are They?

 

water study

How does the following sound for your work place: increased productivity, improved morale and lower absenteeism? It’s a simple fact that drinking water and staying hydrated during the day lead to improved performance at work. It’s estimated that the average worker operates at only 65% of his or her potential if not properly hydrated.

Providing office water coolers or bottled water options at the workplace is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to keep your staff healthier and more productive. It’s no secret that staying properly hydrated leads to a healthier, happier lifestyle, so it’s pretty simple math that dictates that we should be drinking plenty of water while we’re at work—where most of us are for at least 40 hours a week.

Our Water Study Sheds Light on How Businesses Purchase and Consume Water

Premium Waters Inc. recently had an independent water study done by deploying surveys both online and via telephone to businesses in the Upper Midwest, with specific focus on the states of Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin. This was a blind customer/brand study; respondents were not aware that Premium Waters was the sponsor. The reason for the study was simple: We wanted to further understand our position in the marketplace, and learn how we can continue to grow and evolve to best serve the unique needs and challenges of our customers.

Over 90% of Business Customers Recommend Water Jug Delivery

Our water study found that nearly 75 percent of businesses are purchasing water jugs (3, 4, and 5 gallon) as their preferred water source, followed by bottled water (nearly 50 percent) and water coolers/filtration systems (41 percent). As a whole, business customers are very satisfied with Premium Waters and would recommend them to others.

Among business customers who purchase water jug delivery, overall satisfaction is very high (above 90 percent) among four attribute categories:

  • Location
  • Ease of Ordering
  • Delivery Speed
  • Customer Service

Overall satisfaction with primary water jug suppliers is very high, with 93.5 percent either satisfied or very satisfied with their primary supplier. Businesses stated that quick delivery and ease of ordering impact their overall satisfaction with their service.

Water Isn’t the Only Thing Being Delivered

In addition to water services, overall satisfaction for coffee suppliers is high, with 81.2 percent either satisfied or very satisfied with their primary supplier. The key drivers for overall satisfaction are customer service and e-commerce. Businesses value having quality coffee at the office—100 percent of coffee users will continue to use their primary supplier in the future, and 93 percent would recommend their supplier to others. Customer loyalty for Premium Waters’ coffee services mirrors the loyalty we see from our water customers.

This research also found that 37 percent of bottled/specialty water customers purchase custom-labeled water bottles. Of those, nearly 64 percent said having turnkey services was important.

Quality, Consistency, Variety, Convenience

The water market is constantly changing. Customer preferences now include flavored, sparkling, caffeinated and performance waters.

Having access to a variety of quality water products is not always convenient. Drinking plenty of water, however, is essential to workers overall health and well-being. Without convenient delivery services to your office, your employees and customers may not be properly hydrating or refueling their bodies for maximum energy and vitality.

Premium Waters has developed a new ecommerce website and a rewards program for any referrals any of our customers send our way. As an added bonus, we are extending the new rewards program to all of your employees as well, in the form of a discount for signing up for water delivery services to their homes.