Purified water can be as clean and fresh as real glacier water but it is a lot more convenient. Instead of traveling thousands of miles to get to a glacier, you may just have to drive a few blocks to get to a dispenser. Purified water may be the same quality or better.
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This may be a little tougher than you think. Not because when you type in glacier water, you get a lot of websites talking about real glacier water. But for the reason that Primo water bought out the Glacier Water company 5 years ago and the latter company’s website no longer works.
To learn more about Glacier Water, the company, just continue to read our article. Do not be surprised if we link you to or talk about Primo water more than Glacier Water. They are the same company now and information on Glacier Water may not be forthcoming
According to their LinkedIn page, Glacier Water Inc is supposed to still operate over 24,000 water, ice, and specialty beverage vending machines across both Canada and the US.
However, if you go to the Glacier Water website that turns up in a search engine results page, you will be sent to a website that no longer functions. You can try it for yourself by clicking this link.
The LinkedIn page clearly states that Primo Water company bought Glacier out in 2016 and the page lists the Primo water company’s website as their online address. Primo’s website does have a water dispenser location finder but you will need a zip code to find those locations.
What the dispensers are labeled is anyone’s guess as it could be Water Glacier or it could have been switched to Primo Water. The find water dispenser web page is at this link.
If you are set on having the Glacier Water brand name on the dispensers you may be out of luck. The funny thing is, Primo’s website does not talk about Glacier Water except on its blog page.
When we went to the blog article on Primo Water’s website, it talked about how they purchased Glacier Water. Then they put a link in the words Glacier Self-Service Refill Water.
Unfortunately, that link leads you back to Primo’s dispenser locator’s web page. What this means is that many of the dispensers will say Glacier Water on them but you have to use Primo’s website to find out where they are.
In case you missed it, that link is here, and after you put in the zip code, you have 3 options to choose from to get the right dispensing option you need. The dispensing machines for both name brands operate the exact same way.
The main difference is that the chart included in the blog article says that you pay at the machine when you are using Glacier Water labeled dispensers but not for Primo Water dispensers.
The cost seems to be 35 cents at the time of this writing but that can always change.
Yes, Glacier Water is Primo Water. It was December of 2016 when Primo Water bought out Glacier Water although that blog article says it was during 2017 the purchase was made. According to Glacier Water’s LinkedIn page, the company operates over 24,000 water dispensers.
However, there is no mention of how many dispensers Primo still has operational. The company also does water exchanges and you would need a zip code to find out where you can replace old water bottles with newer ones.
The website URL address on the Glacier Water LinkedIn page is for Primo Water so there are not two separate companies working under the same ownership. It is all one company. What makes the Glacier Water dispensers so convenient is that you can pay at the machine.
With Primo, they don't exactly say how you are to pay for the water but the cost on average is the same for both machines. You will pay about 35 cents per gallon.
This goes without question as Primo does have standards they have to meet. Not only their own company standard’s but any regulations imposed by city, state, or federal agencies that govern the dispensing of a consumable liquid to the public.
When it comes to lead, cyanide, mercury, arsenic, ethylbenzene, and fluoride levels, Glacier and Primo Water are well below the standards set. In fact, their water has tested for 0.00 of all those harmful elements.
The company maintains Glacier water dispensers and sends out qualified technicians regularly to clean them and make sure they are always in top working order. Also, Glacier water is put through a 5 phase purification process including carbon filtration, reverse osmosis, and ultraviolet sterilization.
If that is not enough, the company also monitors each machine in real-time to make sure the machines work as designed. If there is a malfunction the dispensers are supposed to automatically shut off.
Primo has imposed strict standards on all their water dispensing machines including the Water Glacier ones they inherited when they bought the company.
With over 24,000 Glacier Water and Primo water dispensers to choose from, chances are you will find one of their machines not too far from your location. if you are in the 90210 zip code area, you will find over 200 of these dispensers in a 10-mile radius.
There are 15 in Beverly Hills alone and 24 next door in West Hollywood and over 90 in Los Angeles city alone. No matter where you travel, you should find a dispenser that is close by.
In rural areas, you may have to drive a little further but that is okay. Having fresh clean water to drink is always worth the trip. At 35 cents per gallon, you are looking at paying$1.75 for 5 gallons of water.
Just use the water finder web page at Primo’s website to get a location near you. it is the simplest way to do it and the results come up on a map so you can chart your course to intersect with these stations and get the water you need without losing any time.
There seem to be 2 main competitors to Primo Water and Glacier Water dispensers. Both of these competitors have different locations and to find them you just need the zip code of the region you are currently in.
The first option you have over Primo is Water411 and the link to their dispenser finding web page is here. This company allows you to search by the city name making it a lot easier if you do not know the zip code.
According to their finder page, there are 198 locations in the Los Angeles area. The second option is WaterMill Express and they too allow you to search by the city’s name. Los Angeles has many outlets but it does not look as numerous as the ones for the other two companies.
There is also Urban Oasis but they only have 2 dispensers in the Los Angeles area and they may be running a poor fourth in the water dispensing wars. There may be other companies you can find but they may not be as popular as the big three.
For Primo and glacier Water, the cost to fill up your 5-gallon jug will be 35 cents per gallon. That works out to $1.75 per jug which is not a bad expense when you are traveling and do not trust the locale water system where you are camping.
Just for comparison sake, we checked the three other websites we linked to above but they did not mention how much their water will cost you. A good guess would be anywhere between 25 and 50 cents give or take a nickel or two.
If you bought your water in a store like Walmart, you may end up paying a lot more. There is one 1 gallon jug for sale at that outlet and it is listed at 98 cents. If you get it delivered, you will be paying a lot more than that as the average cost for 3- 5gallon jugs is around $45 every month.
But that fee also includes the rental of the equipment you need to dispense the water. Still, that is a lot of money compared to going out and buying your own at a local dispenser.
Yes, Glacier is purified water and as we stated earlier, there is a 5-step process the water goes through to make sure you are not drinking contaminated water. We listed the lead, arsenic, and other harmful elements that can be found in most water systems supply and Glacier Water does not contain any of them.
That is news you can use to trust the water you get from both Primo and Glacier Water dispensers. Along with the 5-step process, Primo also places its own strict standards on the quality of water it sells and delivers to you.
You are getting pure water as long as the machines do not malfunction and continue to be cleaned regularly. That is done as all water supply companies do have regulations to meet if they are going to stay in business.
Tap water is good in many regions of the country but if you are not used to hard water, you may want to find a water dispenser near you.
The information we are about to provide comes from the Primo water website and the process, according to their blog, is the same for both Primo brand and Glacier Water brand of water.
There is a water source and it comes from the standard public water source most consumers use. Then the water is sent through a sediment filtration system and on to an activated carbon filtration process.
It doesn’t stop there though as the water is then sent to the reverse osmosis process that removes 95 to 99% of the solid particles found in most water supplies. Next, there is a post carbonization process and finally an ultraviolet sterilization treatment.
That is the five steps but if you look at their blog post, only lists three of those steps. The article does state that all the company’s water goes through the 5-step process so you do not have to worry about the missing steps.
We would like to say that using a Glacier Water dispenser is as easy as saying 1-2-3 but given the nature of some customers, a little explanation needs to be made. Technically this is one of the easiest processes you can do but not everyone understands the system.
The first step is to find a dispensing machine near you. Then load up your car with the number of jugs you want to refill. We're not sure if they have dollar attachments to all the machines or not or if they give change so make sure you have enough nickels, dimes, and quarters in your pocket to cover the fee.
Next, you drive the dispenser and wait your turn if it is busy. If not, get your jugs out and remove the caps. While you may want to speed up the process, you do need to bring the caps with you. That will avoid spilling on the way home.
After that, place the first jug in the dispensing area and make sure it is centered under the spout. You do not want to lose any water by placing it on one side. Pay the required money and let the machine fill the bottle up.
Once it is full place the cap on it and replace the full jug with an empty one and do the same thing all over again. Finally, when you are done, load up your car and go home. It is simple, easy and you can speed up the process by loading your car while the next jug is filling up with water.
We did not find any mention of this topic on the website and the process of filtration we described above may or may not have refrigeration aspects to it. A safe bet is that the water temperature will be close to the ambient temperature inside the machine.
It is not very cool water and it is not very hot. Probably closer to lukewarm and you should wait till you get home to add some ice if you want a cold drink. What makes the water pure is the filtration system it is put through before it lands in your water jug.
It would be nice if Glacier and Primo water came from actual glaciers but that is an unrealistic dream. According to their website, Primo and the water dispensing stations come from public water sources.
Then they purify the water, clean the dispensers and make sure there are no malfunctions and it is all done so that you can get clean, freshwater that is safe to drink.
There is no magical source for the water and it is not taken directly from the ground. Although some locations may be in hard water regions which may influence the taste of the water.
According to Primo’s website, and blog post, those elements are removed through the 5-step filtration process all their water endures. At least between 95 to 99% of those elements.
When tested, the rating Primo’s water got was 0.00 for all three elements making it very safe to drink. Then the first carbon filtering system is supposed to remove the chlorine from the water.
It also is supposed to remove the odor and taste that comes with different water systems. Then the second carbon filtering step seems to double-check and make sure those elements have been fully removed.
Getting pure, fresh water may be a little bit more difficult these days. The different governments are putting in more chemicals all the time and even though safe to drink, it is better to buy purified water.
That way you know you are not getting any additives when you have a nice cold glass of water. While Glacier Water the company doesn't exist anymore, it is good to know that their top-quality dispensing machines are still used and can be found around the country.
With so many of them, there is bound to be one very close to your location.