Frequently Asked Questions
What is Water3?
Water3 is a social enterprise focused on disrupting the bottled water industry and saving planet earth, one bottle at a time.
Water3 is revolutionising the way we drink water; via a network of innovative kiosks that provide fresh and healthy chilled spring water.
The kiosks are cashless and use refillable stainless steel bottles with embedded RFID technology, which allows you to store credit on your Water3 account.
You can purchase credit via the Water3 app, or on the website. Use your own bottle to refill and pay via payWave, or better yet, purchase one from our Water3 kiosk.
Water3 is about challenging people’s behaviours around single use plastic bottles; providing a cleaner, greener and healthier alternative.
Who founded Water3 and when was it founded?
Whilst travelling through Vietnam in late 2011, Damien Stone, was stunned at the immense amount of waste created by single use plastic water bottles.
Upon arriving back home he realised the issue of plastic pollution was not only affecting countries overseas, but rather that plastic was becoming a global epidemic.
At the time, there was little being done in the way of education, or even awareness about plastic pollution in Australia, so Damien decided to launch Water3™ with his business partner Leicester Chatfield. Water3 commenced trading in 2012.
- Damien Stone, Co-Founder
With over 20 years’ experience working with some of the world’s biggest names including Lion Nathan, Coca Cola, and Schweppes, Damien has developed a wealth of experience in beverage marketing across the APAC.
His insights have helped beverage companies like Lion Nathan, Coca Cola and Schweppes grow market share through targeted strategic branding, all the while growing the revenue of his own businesses.
He has owned and exited several start-ups in the marketing and technology space, including Brand 88, Dream I.T., Southstone Facilitation LTD and consulted to many more. Damien is currently a Director of Vending Machines International PTE LTD (Singapore) and Director of Water3 PTY LTD (Australia & USA).
Over the past 5 years he has led the growth of Water3 in Australia, and is now combining his formidable skills in sales, marketing, strategy development, management, with his passion for the environment, to expand the brand internationally, including leading the USA expansion.
- Leicester Chatfield, Co-Founder
Leicester began his career as an accountant at a beverage company Lion Nathan, managing a team of thirty staff, an annual turnover of $250 million, and a payroll paid weekly to 1500 staff. Within a few years he transitioned from this role and was appointed Production Director and soon after, Operations Director; a role which he maintained for 15 years.
Leicester has since developed and exited several successful start-up companies, all of which are still operating across industries including cosmetics, technology and hospitality.
Leicester brings a range of skills and experience to the business including accounting, operations, fluid handling, antibacterial and contamination experience, IT management, and strategic company management.
Since 2012 Leicester has demonstrated his expertise in company management, complex logistical operations, finance, accounting, and start-up processes as co-founder of Water3, establishing the Thailand branch of the business, and managing the ongoing development of the Water3 technology systems.
Leicester is currently a Director of Vending Machines International PTE LTD (Singapore & Thailand) and Director of Water3 PTY LTD (Australia).
What makes Water3 a social enterprise?
Water3 is a true social enterprise that is campaigning for environmental change through innovation.
Our aim is to eliminate the need for single use plastic water bottles, whilst utilising profits to fund local clean up initiatives, such as the Whitsundays Eco Barge, Airlie Beach Turtle Rescue Centre, and many more.
We are passionate about creating change through education, and are committed to starting a global movement for more conscious, sustainable, plastic-free living to save our planet.
How does Water3 work?
Water3 kiosks supply chilled spring water (still or sparkling) and 500ml stainless steel bottles.
Consumers are provided with the choice of using their own bottle to refill or purchasing a 500ml Water3 stainless steel bottles to refill.
Payment for water at the kiosk will be by credit / debit card, tap-n-go technology or via the RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) chip inserted into the Water3 stainless steel bottle.
Consumers that purchase a 500ml Water3 stainless steel bottle, using payWave, for $10 will be provided with a free refill as part of the purchase.
Consumers then visit the Water3 app or website to register the bottle, add credit for future refills and locate kiosks in their local area. Upon registration consumers will be provided with a further $2 credit to their account.
Why don't people just drink tap water?
If everyone consumed tap water, there wouldn't be a need for the Water3 solution. We are not trying to move people away from using a tap, we want people to move away from single use plastic bottles and disrupt the established plastic bottle industry.
Water3 is a great alternative for people who want to hydrate on the go, who do not have access to a hygienic tap water and are looking to be a part of the push to eradicate single use plastic from the environment.
Why Water3 and not plastic bottled water?
Water3 was created to eliminate single use plastic, disrupt the plastic bottle water industry and reduce the amount of plastic waste harming our environment and wildlife.
Our Water3 kiosks dispense chemical free spring water, with the choice to refill with your own bottle or one of ours and that ultimately provides you with the power to reduce the impact on our environment.
In contrast, single use plastic bottled water has not only been found to have a negative impact on our planet, but it has also been found to have a negative impact on the human body. Plastic bottles contain harmful chemicals that can cause several short and long-term health problems.
Why do we use natural spring water and not tap water?
We source spring water locally to ensure we are providing the most natural product available, uncompromised by inorganic or organic contaminants.
Do you use chemicals to treat the spring water?
We don’t use any chemicals in the handling of our spring water. Instead we use a 4-stage filtration process at our Water3 headquarters to ensure we provide a high-quality product for our consumers.
Step 1. Media filtration process (3-5 micron); involving the use of sand or zeolite to remove sediment and improve the turbidity of the spring water for effective downstream UV disinfection.
Step 2. Activated Carbon Filtration (5 micron); for the removal of volatile organic compounds, chlorine and improve taste and odour.
Step 3. 1 Micron Filtration; further particulate filtration down to 1 micron for improved UV transmittance during subsequent disinfection step.
Step 4. UV Disinfection; disinfection of spring water to remove pathogenic microorganisms. UV unit has been validated by the manufacturer to achieve the US-EPA standard of a 4-log virus disinfection and a 5-log bacterial disinfection.
How do you maintain the quality of the water in the kiosk?
To ensure that we maintain a high-quality product our water undergoes a 2-stage filtration process every 24hrs in the Water3 kiosks.
Step 1. Activated Carbon Filtration (5 micron); for the removal of volatile organic compounds, chlorine and improve taste.
Step 2. UV Disinfection; disinfection of spring water to remove pathogenic microorganisms. UV unit has been validated by the manufacturer to achieve the US-EPA standard of a 4-log virus disinfection and a 5-log bacterial disinfection.
Do you conduct batch testing from the source?
Spring water is batch tested by NATA accredited laboratories and results retained, ensuring the highest quality end product for the consumer.
Where does the water come from?
All Water3 water is sourced locally and takes no longer than 1hr to travel from the source to Water3 HQ. Our water is tested for contaminants at the source, undergoes a 4-stage filtration process and further testing at our HQ.
Why is the water sometimes white, cloudy or milky?
Occasionally, you may receive a bottle of water and it looks cloudy or milky, and this is likely due to tiny air bubbles in the water. This is caused by water pressure within the Kiosk. After a few seconds, like any bubble, the air rises to the top of the water and goes into the air above, clearing up the water.
Do you adhere to any industry guidelines?
We meet the requirements detailed in the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines and as specified by the Queensland Government.
Where are Water3 kiosks located?
Our kiosks are located in the places you'll need them most, such as key retail shopping centres, transportation hubs, medical facilities and education institutions.
Visit the Water3 kiosk locater or download the Water3 app, on android or iOS, to help you find the kiosk that is closest to you.
How do I request a Water3 kiosk near me?
Simply go to our contact page , select the “Request a Kiosk” option on the drop down menu and provide us with your suggested location.
How is Water3 kiosk different to ther refill stations on the market?
There are many things that make the Water3 kiosk unique, but here are some of our favourite features:
- State of art infrastructure
- No plumbing required for installation. All we need is a powerpoint!
- Choice of chilled still or sparkling spring water
- Use your own reusable bottle or the Water3 stainless steel bottle
- Each kiosk dispenses Water3 bottles at the touch of a button
- Innovative RFID embedded technology within our Water3 bottles
- Cashless transactions, simply pay with payWave credit card or use RFID technology (located within stainless steel bottle)
- 42-inch LCD screen that showcases our local clean-up initiatives and environmental messages
- Cloud-based management system for any machine faults
What are your bottles made of?
Our reusable 500ml Water3 bottles are made of tough reusable stainless steel. Each bottle also features an intuitive RFID chip in the lid, allowing users to refill quickly and easily with one easy swipe.
Other bottles can also be used with Water3™ kiosks, simply pay with payWave credit card.
How do I care for my water3 bottle?
Your reusable Water3 bottle is made of stainless steel and 100% recyclable HDPE plastic. To look after your bottle, follow these handy tips:
- Hand wash weekly with warm soapy water
- To avoid damaging RFID chip do not put in dishwasher
- Avoid direct sunlight to keep your water icy cold
Can I choose what colour Water3 stainless steel bottle I receive from the kiosk?
Our machines are set to dispense bottles at random, so we cannot guarantee what colour you will receive. Each colour (green, blue, white) is unique to the Water3 brand.
What is RFID technology?
The acronym refers to Radio Frequency Identification, a small electronic device embedded in the base of our bottle that consists of a small chip.
The RFID device serves the same purpose as a bar code or a magnetic strip on the back of a credit card or ATM card; it provides a unique identifier for your bottle. And, just as a bar code or magnetic strip must be scanned to get the information, the RFID device must be scanned to retrieve the identifying customer information.
Can I use my own bottle in the Water3 kiosk?
Yes, you can! Our Water3 kiosks accommodate most reusable bottle sizes and dispense varied amounts of water for specially tailored refills.
Please note, extra tall bottles won’t fit in our kiosks. This is to help reduce splash/wastage for our refills. If your bottle is too tall, it’s easy to get a Water3 bottle for only $10, and it comes with free refills! Please use the size guide on the door to assist.
Do you charge GST on Water3 refills and bottles?
We only charge GST on sparkling water and empty Water3 bottles dispensed from the machine. This charge is due to GST laws, however still water is exempt from GST.
Are there any bank charges when I pay at the kiosk?
If you are using your credit/debit card to make a payment for water at a Water3 kiosk there is a charge of 10 cents that we pass on to the consumer.
We actually absorb a greater amount in the sale price, which is why it’s better for you, for us, and for our environmental outcomes if you buy a Water3 bottle, and top up with credit as we don’t pass on the bank fees.
I'm expereincing account issues, what can I do?
If you have any account enquiries please submit an enquiry via our contact page and one of our team will be in touch to answer your query.
How do I activate my account?
- Go to Water3.com.au or download the Water3 app.
- Register your details with Facebook or complete the registration form.
- Register your Water3 bottle unique ID code.
- Refill at a Water3 kiosk to claim your $2 free credit.
What is the cost of the water and bottles?
|Size||Still water||Sparking water|
Water3™ 500ml double-walled stainless steel RFID bottle $10.00
**10c transaction fee for credit/debit cards.