Costco Water is a bottled water delivery service for Costco members. It supplies nine different brands of bottled water to its members through this program.
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Although it bears Costco's name, this service is fulfilled by DS Waters. When signing up for the service online, you are directed from Costco's website to a third-party site named Costco Water that's run by DS Services of America. This website only provides sparse information about the details of the delivery service. However, it shows that Costco's Executive Members and Gold Star Members can sign up to get bottled water delivered to their homes and workplaces.
The subscription price for Gold Star Members is slightly higher than what Executive Members pay. To get started, you have to sign up to receive water from the service for one year and take delivery of at least three 5-gallon water bottles every four weeks. However, the annual subscription, paid for upfront, is a significant commitment for a service with no trial period.
For office subscribers, Costco Water can deliver up to 50 5-gallon water bottles a month; it estimates that this is the average monthly consumption for an office of 30 to 50 people. Therefore, you may need multiple delivery subscriptions if yours is larger.
Costco Water uses spillproof water bottles that don't leak, even when turned upside down in a cooler. It also offers plans with special bottom-load dispensers fitted to its 5-gallon bottles. However, each water cooler increases the cost of the plan. While coolers incur additional fees, Costco Water gives members two free half-liter cases or four sleeves of cups (100 cups per sleeve) with the first delivery. Executive Members get two free half-liter single-serve cases on every anniversary of their membership.
The bottled water brands Costco Water offers are Alhambra, Athena, Belmont Springs, Crystal Springs, Deep Rock Water, Hinckley Springs, Kentwood Springs, Nursery (specifically for infants), Sierra Springs, Mount Olympus and Sparkletts. Among these options you can find purified, spring, fluoridated, distilled and artesian water. This range is broad enough to satisfy most people who prefer to drink a certain type of water or are sensitive to different tastes between water brands. However, not every brand is available everywhere the delivery service covers. To show you what brands are available in your area, Costco asks for your zip code when you sign up.
Costco Water is a convenient water delivery program for homes and offices if you are a Costco member. However, you have to pay for a year's worth of water upfront and contend with a third-party service provider to manage your subscription.