The focus from purified to oxygenated drinking water began its shift as the 21st century dawned.
In early 2000, Teri Mathis measured her family’s drinking water to see how much dissolved oxygen might be there. Teri owned an environmental remediation company and was knowledgeable about water chemistry, so she was curious when the meter showed “zero” and wondered whether drinking water with no dissolved oxygen would be unhealthy.
Teri and her husband Lee resolved to find a product to safely oxygenate their drinking water – there was none yet – or to plunge into the vast unknown of designing and actually manufacturing a home appliance that would do the job.
Novel Idea to Expanding Company
The hallmark product, The Big Pitcher, is made by Oxygen Orchard, Inc. (an SBA Woman-Owned Small Business) in the USA. The Big Pitcher carries a one-year factory warranty, is simple to set up and operate, and uses about the same electricity as a night-light. Using tap water and a dissolved oxygen meter, an outside laboratory analysis determined that it takes about 20 minutes to fully oxygenate water in The Big Pitcher.
Where do we get our name? As the idea of drinking oxygen-rich water was becoming part of the health and wellness culture, the growing company needed more space. They found room for expansion in a century-old schoolhouse converted to commercial space in Orchard, Texas. Years later, Oxygen Orchard moved from Orchard but the charm and support of the community live on in the company’s name.
Teri Mathis, is the inventor and founder of Oxygen Orchard.