The Port of Oakland
Installs New Technology for Safe, Great Tasting Employee Drinking Water
In 1999, the Port of Oakland held its first Women’s Business Conference. The new conference was initiated by Cheryl Perry League, Director, Office of Equal Opportunity. The conference was intended to introduce women business owners to the Port staff and provide information to women-ledt businesses on more effective means of doing business with the Port. Lynne Leahy, President/CEO of a young Hayward company, AquaPrix, Inc. attended the conference and gathered names and information on the Port. With information in hand, she secured an appointment with Atu McKinny, Contract Compliance Officer and Stella Jacobs, Building Services Manager.
Getting the appointment was the hardest part. When Stella and Atu listened to Lynne’s presentation regarding new technology for safer drinking water, they liked what they heard and immediately began installing some of the new innowave 270®s from AquaPrix and innowave® incorporated, a Mutual of Omaha subsidiary. The Port had been using bottled water for some time. They thought they were doing the best thing for Port employees, but they learned from Lynne that bottled water is not closely regulated and most bottled water is no safer than tap water according to a recent 5-year study by NRDC.
Stella and Atu were impressed with next-generation systems from innowave® incorporated, a Mutual of Omaha subsidiary, that actually documented and certified the process of purification and removed 99.99% of all contaminants. “Implementing the innowave® systems at the Port of Oakland has been a win-win situation for us, ” said Stella. She looks forward to Port employees experiencing positive health benefits in the near future. “The Women’s Conference was a great in for us,” said Lynne, “but I’d hope that even if we weren’t a women-owned business, the Port would want this new technology to benefit their employee’s health and safety.”
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