About Jacob's Well

Jacob’s Well, owned by Taryn and Dan Scholz, has been providing purified water to the Brazos Valley for over 26 years.

Dan and Taryn initially came up with the idea of a water store when the family leased and operated a golf course in Harlingen, Texas. They regularly stopped at a store in Harlingen to buy their own water. Dan was planning on attending school at Texas A&M University, and the family briefly considered the idea of Taryn working full-time while he went to school. After a trip to the water store, Dan became curious as to how well a business like that would do in College Station. After some research, they decided to go ahead and give it a try.

“We offer an alternative to high-priced delivered water or outdoor vending machine dispensers. Customers can come inside with their bottles and quickly fill up for just 40 cents a gallon,” Taryn said. “There is no long wait, battling the elements or fumbling with a stack of coins. The store is clean and always has a friendly attendant ready to help you fill your bottles and carry them to your car.”

Jacob’s Well water is prepared by reverse osmosis, a process first used by the U.S. government to make drinking water from seawater. Customers can bring in their own water containers and refill them, or they can purchase new water containers, dispensers and other accessories. The store also sells bags of ice made from purified water at $1.50 a bag.

“The system we use is carefully designed and removes up 99 percent of the sodium, chlorine, lead, harmful chemicals, arsenic, phosphates, disease-causing microbacteria and other impurities,” Dan said. “However a system is only as good as its operator and requires careful maintenance. We are very conscientious, routinely analyzing the water quality and sterilizing the dispensing system.”

“Jacob’s Well water is refreshing and sodium-free,” Taryn said. “It is perfect for drinking, making coffee, tea or juice, aquariums, baby formula, and for people on low sodium or no-salt diets. And at just 40 cents a gallon, we can save you a lot of money. I’ve seen people buy 24 packs of 12-ounce bottled water for around $5, and while the individual bottles are convenient, they do cost a lot compared to what we offer. Buying a 24 pack equates to about two gallons, which equates to $2.50 for a gallon for water. You can get five gallons of water here for only $2.00, which is less than that one gallon. Plus, our bottles are refillable and durable, lasting years, which reduces waste."

Dan and Taryn said they attribute their success to customer service.

“We recognize that people have to make a stop to get water from us, so we try and make it a pleasant experience. We want to help fill up their bottles and carry them to their car. We try to be friendly and courteous,” Taryn said. “We have clients that have been with us since our oldest daughter was 2 years-old. She's now married with her own family. We’ve seen them almost once a week for several years. You just get to know people after a while. Dan also goes out of his way to treat our employees well. They, in turn, go out of their way to keep the customers happy.”