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Pam commented on RE-bottle Outdoor Activities

Thanks for asking Kate!

Five years after winning the “Innovation of the Year” award, Zip 2 Water continues to focus on providing healthy, refreshing water using existing facility infrastructure at “ephemeral” events where many people get together outdoors for short periods of time. Zip 2 Water’s now patented MFS (Mobile Filtration System) is designed for easy deployment at a variety of venues: it is light weight, transports easily, sets up quickly, filters out the chlorine taste, stays cool under a hot sun, is “barrier-free”, self-serve, and vandal resistant.

Event organizers set their Zip 2 Water MFS (Mobile Filtration System) in place, connect it to a spigot with a potable water hose, turn on the water and it’s ready to go. No drinking water is stored in the MFS frame. The hose pressure moves the water through the two-stage filtration and out the high-speed dispensers. At the end of the event, the water is turned off, some ballast water is quickly drained and the MFS is ready to store until the next event.

Hundreds of events nationwide have used Zip 2 Water’s patented MFSs to provide fresh water to millions of people. Customers span the US from Washington State to South Carolina, California to Maine. Zip 2 Water ensures handy refills while “away from the tap”, removing a mental barrier frequently keeping event attendees from bringing their own reusable water bottles. As part of this effort, for the past 7 years, Zip 2 Water has provided free water to the 220,000 visitors at Spokane's Hoopfest - the largest 3 on 3 outdoor basketball tournament on Earth – as well as to the 250 new students getting oriented at a local branch of a small college.

As a “triple-bottom” line company, Zip 2 Water has chosen to focus on just a few market segments given some existing company capacity limits. Zip 2 Water is a long-time supporter of Sailors for the Sea’s “Clean Regattas” (#7 Best Practice) and environmental education programs as well as Habitat for Humanity’s local “Blitz Build – Deer Park”. Encouraging more water consumption is the goal of The Partnership for A Healthier America “Drink Up” campaign, we champion durable water bottle use.

The Accelerator Program would support a broadened approach.