JUST joined forces with Glens Falls, New York where water is an abundant city resource. We put the water to work for the community—and as JUST grows, so does Glens Falls.
Our commitment to the community goes deeper than just water. In Glens Falls, we an abundant source of water, but we also found a city ripe for revitalization. We have repurposed a building, created new revenue streams, and generated job flow that will increase as JUST grows over time.
Like so many cities across America, Glens Falls has many historic buildings that could be working harder for them. It’s very challenging for a city to generate funds and prosper when buildings sit vacant. Schools and social services face gaps in financial support. This can cripple a small town like Glens Falls. With this in mind, we set up our facility in an abandoned church so we could put it back on the city’s tax rolls.
The good news? It worked. 92% of the money invested in the making of our first facility stayed in the single 518 area code.
We take quality control very seriously. Our laboratory was built under the guidance of a world water safety and quality authority—and our quality control and assurance measures require hourly testing of our water. We also have ongoing testing rigor with an external lab that is certified by the Department of Heath’s Environmental Laboratory Approval Program (ELAP).
While JUST has an eye on the future, fixing an aging infrastructure in Glens Falls is a challenge. Many of the century-old pipes in the municipal water system are still in use. They are leaky and inefficient, with 500 million gallons being lost through the cracks annually.
JUST has created a new, water-based revenue stream for the city, which is directly addressing these challenges. By commercializing the city’s water fairly, we’ve created a pool of capital that is put towards fixing those leaks and can ultimately lead to actually raising the city’s watershed level as the net loss of water dwindles. It’s not the easiest way to run our business, but it’s the right way.