How Delivery Works
Welcome! Blue Dot Water is a locally owned and operated water delivery service, specializing in Alkaline and Purified Drinking Water. Our water is sourced from the local municipality, and filtered in-house in Reno, Nevada. We are delighted that you have chosen to get our ultra clean and delicious water delivered to your home or business.
When you purchase water delivery service you’ll receive repeat deliveries. These are based on the quantity of bottles and delivery frequency that you select, and your delivery day will be based on your location.
Your payment details will be stored securely, and you’ll be charged for each of these deliveries in advance. Your service will auto-renew after each delivery. If you don’t want to continue your service, or if you need to skip or alter your order, you can cancel or change it at any time by contacting us at least one day in advance of your next delivery.
Our minimum for order is 10 gallons per delivery.
What happens on delivery day
Our driver will arrive at your location typically between the hours of 9am – 5pm, but Holidays and other busy seasons may alter this trend. We recommend leaving your bottles out for pickup early on the morning of your delivery to be sure you catch us.
Please leave your empty bottles in the location where you would like your full bottles delivered. If you forget to leave your bottles out, you may be charged a deposit fee (see below).
Ensure safe access is available for the driver, including: shoveled and/or salted pathways during winter; animals restrained; gates and other entryways unbarred; etc. Upon request, our driver may choose (at his or her own discretion) to bring your bottles into your house or office for you, so please feel free to ask.
Making changes to your order
You are welcome to change your bottle quantity and/or delivery frequency, skip a future delivery, or place your account on temporary hold. There is no fee for doing so, provided you contact us at least a day in advance, and return all bottles on hand before an extended hold to avoid a deposit:
- In order to ensure that you get the water you need, or avoid the water you don’t need, please call at least 24-hours in advance to make changes to your order.
- Our drivers do not carry extra bottles in their vehicles, and in most cases, will not be able to accommodate requests for additional water on-site.
- Refusing delivery on-site will result in a $10 fee to cover our time and expenses.
- For health and safety reasons, once delivery has been accepted, we cannot later refund unused bottles of water, even if they are still sealed.
Placing Your Account on Hold
We recommend placing your account on hold if you get overloaded. If you will be on hold for more than 30 days, a bottle deposit will be charged for any bottles in your possession, so you may wish to return all bottles you have on hand before extended holds.
Bottle Deposit fees are retroactive. They may show up on your account at a later date if you disappear without notice for more than 30 days, and still have bottles in your possession.
Special deliveries to Reno or Sparks on days that fall outside of our normal delivery schedule are available for an additional $10 trip fee. We will do our best to accommodate, barring unavoidable scheduling conflicts.
Special trips to Carson City are not available.
Bottle Deposits – IMPORTANT!
Unlike most delivery companies, who charge bottle deposits automatically before every delivery, we only charge them retroactively if you fail to return your bottles or get a buildup of them; or if you will have the bottles in your possession for an extended period of time. This policy gives you the opportunity to avoid deposit fees altogether if you are conscientious about bottle management.
Emailed invoices are a handy reminder that we will be arriving with your bottles the following day, so you can place your bottles out for pickup.
When are deposits charged?
Deposits are charged retroactively, immediately after delivery, when empty bottles from previous deliveries are not returned. Or immediately after you place your account on hold or cancel service.
Are deposit warnings sent ahead of time?
Our deposit fees are assessed after delivery has already been completed, when the opportunity to avoid the fee (by returning your bottles) has already passed. Therefore it is usually not possible to send you a warning ahead of time.
What situations lead to a bottle deposit fee?
- If you forget to leave your bottles out for pickup.
- If you return less bottles than you received, and your bottle count starts to rise.
- If your account is on prolonged or indefinite hold, or repeatedly skipped multiple months in a row, with bottles still in your possession.
- If you are on Infrequent (5 weeks or more) or Will-Call service.
- If you cancel service.
Why do you charge deposits?
We need bottles to provide service to our other customers. When bottles are not returned, we need to charge deposits in order to purchase new replacement bottles.
Are deposits ever waived?
Everyone forgets to leave their bottles out now and then, and accounts in good standing with a history of reliable returns will often have their fees waived for isolated events. However, deposits are always charged for accounts with a history of repeated non-returns or poor payment, and brand new accounts that immediately fail to return bottles.
How much is the deposit?
Our bottle deposit fee is $10 per bottle, subject to change based on our bottle cost.
When is the deposit refunded?
Bottle deposits remain on your account until you cancel your service. This “floating deposit” avoids a costly recurring cycle of charges and refunds over the course of your service. Additional deposits may be charged as needed if your bottle count exceeds your floating deposit amount.
Upon cancellation, bottle deposits are entirely refundable once your bottles are returned in good condition within 30 days of account cancellation.
What happens if you break, contaminate, or lose a bottle
We use a variety of BPA-free bottles. Some of these bottles (Polycarbonate #7) are not like bottles used by other delivery companies, and are remarkably fragile. You can identify them by the #7 recycle symbol on their bottoms, and by their very smooth rigid appearance. But to be safe, we recommend you gently lift, handle, and set all bottles down with extreme care.
Do not place any substances in your delivery bottles, edible or otherwise – they are for water only. After you are finished with your water, we recommend loosely placing the lids back on the bottles to keep the interiors free of debris. But please do not seal them completely shut and then place them in direct sun or high heat, as this will make them expand and distort their shape. Damaged, contaminated, stolen, or otherwise missing/lost bottles are the customer’s responsibility, and are subject to a replacement fee of $10 per bottle. Minor scratches and scuffs are considered normal wear.
Please leave broken/contaminated bottles out with your other empties, and clearly mark them, so we can remove them from your bottle count and recycle them.
Empty bottles are typically only picked up during normal water delivery service, although we will make an exception if you are located in the same neighborhood as another customer already on the schedule. Otherwise, scheduling a bottle pickup without water delivery will be assessed a Special Trip fee of $10 to cover our time and gas.
Why your delivery may not arrive
Under some circumstances, our driver may not be able to complete a delivery. We will automatically retry delivery again on your next normally scheduled delivery day. If you need delivery sooner, contact us and we will add you to our next regular route for your area, which will typically be the same day on the following week. Repeated or negligent access issues that prevent delivery may result in a fee assessed to your account to cover our delivery expenses. Common issues include:
- No Access due to construction, locked office doors, locked community gates, dangerous/icy passageways or animals, etc.
- Declined credit card/non payment. Your delivery will automatically be skipped for non-payment.
- Overloaded with water. If our driver has access to your water bottles and can monitor your bottle load, we may choose to skip your next delivery if you are getting very overloaded. This is intended to help you avoid deposit fees, and many of our customers appreciate this service. However, if you prefer that we not do this, and wish to keep the extra bottles on hand, just let us know. You can always pay a deposit for extra stock.
- Refused. If someone at the location refuses the delivery, there will be a fee assessed to your account for the trip. Please call ahead to skip your delivery if you are overloaded.
- Force Majeure.
Your account is automatically billed to the credit card on file the day before delivery. A credit card is required for service.
In the event of non-payment due to a declined credit card, you will be notified by email the day before delivery, and your service will automatically be paused. To avoid service interruption, please update your payment information online, or contact us with a new card at 775-870-9727. For your safety, please do not email credit card numbers.
Holds or Cancels
Cancelling or placing your account on hold
You may place your account on hold at any time. Holds exceeding 30 days will be charged a $10 refundable deposit for each bottle on hand. To avoid these fees, we recommend returning your bottles while on hold.
You may cancel your service at any time. A temporary holding fee of $10 per bottle will be applied to your account for any bottles in your possession at the time of cancellation. This fee is entirely refundable on return of bottles in good condition within 30 days of cancellation.
Access to Property
By signing up for service, you agree that our representatives may enter your property for the purposes of performing delivery, installation of products, bottle or equipment pickup, and/or otherwise administering your delivery account. We will perform these services in a speedy, cautious, and respectful manner.
Communication About Your Account
Email is our primary method of communication. You must have an email address in order to signup for service, and to receive your receipts and important communications about your account. The latter may include Holidays affecting your delivery schedule, impending fees, declined credit cards, major changes to our policies, etc. We never send promotional emails or other spam, so please read our emails, and add us to your Whitelist if possible!