AQUA STAR INTERNATIONAL
Welcome to Aqua Star International. As a leading manufacturer of Water Vending Machines since 1986, we have the knowledge and experience to truly understand our customer’s needs. Our product lines include both single-serve and bulk water vending.
– INDUSTRY LEADER FOR 37 YEARS –
SINGLE-SERVE WATER VENDING
Our chilled single-serve machines were made with environmental-friendly consumers in mind. These machines can be placed at gyms, schools, parks for those who would like to refill their bottle with cool, high quality drinking water without the environmental impact of single use plastic bottles.
BULK WATER VENDING
Our bulk water vending machines can be placed in various locations but based on the model are made for a specific area in mind. Freestanding bulk water vending machines are best suited for convenience stores, grocery stores or car washes but are functional in other places as well. The kiosks are built for an open area such as a parking lot. Finally, the kiosk window vends have been placed inside a storefront such as a convenience store or water store. We are able to build you a machine that will fit your needs as well as custom graphics that only your company will have.
Unlike many business categories, you can be successful without having a lot of prior experience in the technical aspects of the business. But in order to better prepare yourself, you should do research with respect to:
– state licensing/certification requirements (start with your state’s Department of Health)
– factors to consider regarding where to locate water stations
– how to market your water vending machines
– calculate start-up costs and estimate projected payback timeline
There are some similarities, but for the most part; no. Typically vending machines are fueled by impulse purchases. The price-points for the products tend to be high, but so is your overhead and proper product selection is critical to success. In contrast, water vending is a planned purchase that is part of the user’s routine. Your challenge as an operator is to create maximum exposure for your stations and instill a sense of confidence in the quality and value of your product.
First, the negative; the upfront equipment investment may be high; however, there are many positives:
– overall overhead and maintenance costs are very low
– one person can service a large number of vending stations
– by purchasing the proper equipment, the service life (and long term profits) are very appealing
– it is an extremely healthy product to sell and can be vital to the welfare of certain communities
– it is a green business and every day more and more consumers choose to support such enterprises
No. There are many variables to determine the true value of the equipment manufacture. You should ask the following questions:
– how long has the manufacturer been in the water vending machine manufacturing business?
– are they able to support claims regarding maintenance costs and service life of their product?
– how amenable are they to customizing the product to your specific needs?
– is the product suitable for indoor and outdoor use?
– what level of support can you expect beyond receiving the equipment?
– do they offer help in marketing and operating your water vending machines or are they just simply the supplier?
Experience, dedication and commitment to your success. We have been manufacturing and operating water vending equipment longer than anyone, so we know what it takes to make the product last and keep maintenance costs as low as possible. Because our long term success has been built on repeat business, we go beyond everyone else in the industry to support our customers with great products, expert technical support and guidance in day-to-day operations of their business; benefits you won’t find elsewhere. Plus, we continue to research and develop new products lines to address the evolving needs of the marketplace.
For years our vast knowledge in water vending has been shared with prospects and customers alike in an informal fashion via telephone or face-to-face conversations with our appropriate staff members. Recently, however, we’ve combined the many facets of our collective knowledge base and created a step by step guide to entering the water vending business. We’re offering this complete guide; the Investor’s Pro Forma Kit .This all-encompassing guide can save the new investor thousands of dollars typically wasted on mistakes and “learning the ropes” expenses. For Investor Kit purchasers that subsequently order Aqua Star International vending equipment, we credit the full purchase price and provide ongoing updates with our compliments.
Our technical support department is staffed by people with many years of experience building, repairing and servicing water vending systems. Our staff will help you quickly trouble-shoot problems to get your equipment back up and producing revenue as quickly as possible.
The easiest way to illustrate the difference is to understand the concept of size of the particles that make up water. Particles contained in water are measured in microns. For example, a human hair is about 100 microns in diameter. Most bacteria fall into the 1 micron range. Filters, usually of a pleated fabric weave, are placed in series (more porous to tighter weave) to remove successively smaller particles. Most water filtration systems remove particles down to about .05 microns which is pretty good. However, there are potentially harmful contaminants in water in the form of viruses, pesticides, toxic chemicals and heavy metals that are small enough to pass through this type of filtration.
Reverse osmosis is a technology first developed by U.S. government researchers to supply fresh drinking water to sailors on Navy vessels. It is a process where water is forced under pressure through a special semipermeable membrane. The essential components of water can pass through this membrane while the contaminant particles cannot. In terms of microns, reverse osmosis removes particles down to .001 microns. At this level all bacteria, viruses, pesticides, chemical and heavy metal contaminants are removed or greatly reduced concentration.
Some commercial packagers use water processed via reverse osmosis, however, most do not. They simply filter water from the municipal water system. So the quality of the product directly depends on the quality of the source water. So in a simple form, water vended from the machines we produce is at least as good and in most cases far superior in quality to prepackaged water at a fraction of the cost per serving!
Below is an illustration of the Aqua Star International 6-stage filtration & reverse osmosis process:
Just like any business investment, there are factors to consider and best practices to be followed in order to maximize your opportunities for success. Aqua Star International has operated water vending machines for as long as we have manufactured them; we know the blueprint for success in water vending. In addition, for our domestic customers we offer financing options through several first rate equipment leasing partners.
CUSTOMER HALL OF FAME
“I am very pleased with the technical support available to me and my employees. It is very convenient that Aqua Star International has a toll free 1-800 number for the time when I need assistance. The technical assistance I have received has been outstanding. I have not encountered any problem that was not resolved with a simple phone call. Most of the time it was something so minor that if we had more experience we could have resolved the problem without assistance. However, it’s very reassuring to know that help is a toll-free call away.” – Rob Herbert, Pure Vend services
“We had an Aqua Star Water Vending Machine installed outside our store about three months ago. We have not had a water vending machine before, so we are very pleased and surprised by the revenue it produces. The machine has worked flawlessly since it was installed, and we have received several compliments on the quality of the water it produces. I highly recommend the Aqua Star machine for quality and reliability.” – Harold Halgrimson
“As far as knowledge about water treatment, I would rate Aqua Star International with an A+.” – Rob Herbert, Pure Vend Services
“After we made the decision to purchase the machine, we traveled to Tucson to pick up and received 6+ hours of training. We also met several of the employees at Aqua Star and each one of them was incredibly helpful.” – Leon and Diana Ricter, Windmill Water
“Your patience and attention to detail was much appreciated and helped to make the start-up and operation of your equipment trouble-free.” – David Green, Rocky ridge