Ray LaPointe and his wife Jayne have owned the Vernon Water Store since May 2016. - Image by Lisa VanderVelde/Morning Star

More than water on tap

The Vernon Water Store was purchased by Ray and Jayne LaPointe in May 2016.

The Vernon Water Store doesn’t just sell refreshing H2O.

The store was purchased by Ray and Jayne LaPointe in May 2016, and they have been expanding the inventory ever since.

They supply water produced through a reverse osmosis process and natural artisan alkaline water, from a well with a PH of 7.94.

While their customers are waiting for their water bottles to be filled, the business also has a tasting area for the line of Sapori olive oils and vinegars from Armstrong, honey from Armstrong Apiaries, maple syrup from Nova Scotia, locally made preserves and greeting cards from a supplier as well as from a local artist.

“We are trying to sell local, natural products if we can,” said Ray.

Ray and Jayne have lived in the Vernon area for more than 32 years, where Ray worked for B.C. Hydro before deciding he was ready for a change.

The store, located in the Vernon Square mall, does home and business deliveries of both the reverse osmosis and alkaline water.

“We have a large supply of ceramic crocks and wooden stands, and we rent and sell water coolers,” said Ray.

“We do get used coolers that we sell after they are cleaned and tested.”

The Vernon Water Store carries manual pumps and battery operated pumps for three-and five-gallon water bottles, as well as cooler cleaning supplies to keep the water tasting its best.

“We have eight-pound bags of ice processed from the reverse osmosis, so it is clear, clean ice with no impurities so it tastes better and will last longer in your cooler,” said Ray.