Our Story

Plumbing and safety environments are evolving,
and Haws is leading the innovative charge.

Company History

Luther Haws was a self-employed master plumber and sheet metal contractor, as well as a sanitation inspector, for the city of Berkeley, California. In 1906, while on his rounds at a public school, Luther noticed children drinking from a shared tin cup. This unsanitary though typical arrangement inspired the inventor in him. Using available parts, Luther Haws assembled the world's first drinking faucet.

The Berkeley School Department loved the idea and installed the first models. In 1909 Luther formed the Haws Sanitary Drinking Faucet Company, located in Berkeley, and obtained several patents. Thirsty Californians soon discovered Luther's label on his fountains: "Haws Sanitary Drinking Faucet Company, Berkeley, California, Patent 1911." Haws introduced the emergency equipment offering in the 1950’s and launched into tempering equipment in the 1990’s. To this day, Luther Haws' innovative style still drives this third and fourth-generation family-owned company.

Haws Today

Every day we work to address customer needs and solve their challenges by applying imagination and initiative to make their job easier. Haws invents, manufactures and builds hydration equipment as well as standardized and customized emergency response products. With more than 8,000 distribution locations and 250 employees worldwide, we continually focus on quality, service, reliability and complete solution support.

In 1996, Haws Corporation completed construction and moved into a new 210,000 square foot facility in Sparks, Nevada. Our products are shipped worldwide with sales and manufacturing sites in Switzerland, Dubai, Singapore, China, India and Brazil.

All Haws drinking fountain and electric water cooler models are designed to be lead-free, environmentally safe and meet ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) requirements. In addition, Haws Corporation has a registered ISO 9001 Management System. Every product that leaves the Haws plant is of the highest quality and craftsmanship and is built for years of service.