Bottled Water Distributors : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread


-- Mara Wayne (, July 25, 1999


This report by the bottles water trade association on Y2K readiness isn't very interesting. Here's the...


The bottled water industry is prepared for Year 2000 conversion. Manufacturing equipment does not have any date sensitive components, MIS functions are being tested or are already compliant and bottlers can meet the demand for those seeking a comfortable level of stored drinking water before the conversion. For more information on bottled water, visit

-- Patti (, July 26, 1999.

True I'm sure but two quick questions...

1. Can they still bottle water sans power? Do they have generators if they need power to bottle? If so, how long of a fuel supply do they have?

2. If there are fuel disruptions/shortages how are all those trucks going to roll? Do they have fuel stored? For how long?

3. Even if there is no disruption in fuel, are they prepared for a spike in gas prices as everyone follows FEMA & Red Cross advice to top off their tanks and the pollys all what till 12/30 to hit the gas pumps?

-- Carl (, July 26, 1999.

Got carried away as I started typing, so the list kept growing :) Thought of one more as well...

Have they considered security for those trucks in the event water outages/contaminations occur in not-so-nice neighborhoods that last more than a few days? I sure wouldn't want to be a delivery guy in Compton or Watts, to name a few, after the water hasn't been running for 4 or 5 days.... Hell, I'd probably want at least a sidearm in Beverly Hills for that matter...

-- Carl (, July 26, 1999.

I tried inserting a quote, but AOL gobbled it up. Anyway, what I thought was interesting was just the fact that they are aware that there will be increased demand. They claim they have capacity because their last quarter sales are usually low.

-- Mara Wayne (, July 26, 1999.

I'm curious as if they will have enough containers manufactured and set aside to meet demand if things go wacky.

Also, how safe will the production of the containers be for both the works and the consumers.

so many questions...



-- Michael Taylor (, July 26, 1999.

Mara, here's the quote you intended:

Unorthodox business decisions based on psycho-social behavior assumptions may depend upon, among other things, consumer preference for type of water, container size and container type. Some bottlers have already informed their vendors that they intend to order extra supplies if increased demand is anticipated in the last quarter of 1999. These are generally companies that market larger package formats (1-gallon and 2.5-gallon) where annual demand does not fluctuate greatly despite the changing seasons. Bottlers of convenience size still waters (.5-liter, 1-liter, 1.5-liter) will likely address the issue of potential demand at the end of August since peak sales for convenience bottles are during the summer months. These plants may run at full capacity until the end of the summer season and thus have the opportunity and flexibility to ramp up production in the 4th quarter of 1999. Since winter is the "soft season" for bottled water, suppliers to the industry would likewise have excess capacity available.

-- No Spam Please (, July 30, 1999.

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