Percy Jones, Jr. Founder and Chairman of Water Transit Solutions (WTS), has been involved in all phases of the water industry over the past 30 years —bottling, distribution, marketing and sales. In 1987, he made history by becoming the first African-American in the United States to own and operate his own water bottling plant. During these last three decades of success, Jones has provided bulk water products and services to FEMA/Gulf Coast, the casino industry, state & local governments, businesses, and residential homes. He is also the recipient of the 2010 Technical Innovation Award presented by the U. S. Congressional Black Caucus. When presenting the award to Jones, Congressman John Lewis stated: "Mr. Jones is a visionary who saw early on that technology would significantly enhance the ability to bring safe, clean water to everyday and emergency situations." In his life, Mr. Jones’ guiding principle can be summed up in one statement: “To whom much is given much is required.”
In 2007, AT&T partnered with WTS to develop a special type of technology that would streamline delivery by tracking water quality and inventory during an emergency. This technology partnership with AT&T positioned the company to revolutionize the bulk water delivery industry. In 2008, AT&T announced a contractual partnership to provide the company (operating as Spring Water On Tap) with AT&T RFID technology service to work with the company's existing wireless network infrastructure. The technology was designed to enable wireless-based RFID tags to send regular signals to keep track of customer water levels and provide status updates via AT&T's wireless network.