SIX NATIONS – Todd Monture keeps his business as simple as he can simply because it works.
“We keep it simple here. Simple works,” said Todd, owner of C & S Water Systems in Six Nations.
Todd and his team have been distributing water to Six Nations and other surrounding communities and companies since 1994 and have been operating from the same location since day one at 3736 4th Line. The business started because he saw a real need for clean water on the territory.
“I remember back in the ‘90s we were having some real water issues here on the reserve,” he said. “Our water source wasn’t great. People had wells that weren’t working and the ones that were working didn’t have good water coming out of them. There was a water treatment plant here but it wasn’t anything like the one we have here now.”
Todd said that he noticed there were off-reserve business filling the void and he decided that he wanted to help out. He wanted the business to be local and that’s how it was initially started.
C & S Water is a bottled water distribution service, but they offer a wide range of other services. They deliver 18-litre jugs and different sized cases of bottled water for business and home water coolers, they sell and rent water coolers and they also sell various accessories and tools for the water cooler systems they offer.
“Small things like water cool cleaning kits and other related items,” he said. “Pretty much anything to do with clean drinking water. We also sell water-softening salt and we supply ice salt for some nearby businesses.”
The business is named after Todd’s two sons; Craig and Stew. The past few summers the team has been really busy supplying water for construction sites and job sites and Todd is hoping that the need for water on job sites remains steady.
“It’s been helping us keep busy,” he said. “Any extra work we can get is great; I wouldn’t mind doing more job sites or constructions sites.”
He really appreciates his team and all the hard work they do for the business.
“My guys are great. I have next-to-no complaints about them and I hear from our customers how great they are too,” he said. “It helps a lot when you have such a good team of guys to work with.”
As often as they’re able to, the team at C & S Water tries to make water bottle donations to business around the community. It’s something they can do to give back.
“It’s not something we can do all the time, but we really like to give back and help out when we can,” he said. “I have customers who have been loyal since the first year I was business and I really appreciate all the support and loyalty from them. The loyal old customers and the loyal new customers — I couldn’t do it without them.”
Water 1: Todd Monture, owner of C & S Water Systems (left) stands with members of the team. C & S Water has been in business since 1994. Photo by Jayson Koblun
Water 2: The logo for C & S Water Systems. It was designed by a member of the team. Photo by Jayson Koblun
Water 3: Signs on the back of a C & S Water Systems distribution van. Photo by Jayson Koblun