As Santa Barbara (Gold Coast) natives, we understand the importance of local service and accountability.

Sol Wave Water is locally owned and operated in Santa Barbara, California.  Servicing your water softener/soft water and drinking water needs from Van Nuys/Malibu, Ventura County, Carpinteria, Santa Barbara, Montecito, Goleta and Santa Ynez, Lompoc, Santa Maria and all of San Luis Obispo County.  We specialize in providing exceptional quality water softening and drinking water equipment and service. We provide all types of water softening and drinking water systems from residential to commercial systems. We know the fluctuations and characteristics of The Gold Coast water, It enables us to provide you the correct water softening or drinking water equipment to insure maximum efficiency. We love our community and are always here to help our friends and neighbors. Let Sol Wave Water show you how you can have soft water, clean drinking water and spotless dishes.  Rental or purchase we have everything you need. Let us test your old water softener to see if it is functioning correctly.  An old piece of equipment could be throwing hundreds or thousands of gallons down the drain. We at Sol Wave Water can help put the savings back where it belongs, in your pocket!  We can discuss ways to reclaim your water and get you obtain a water softener that holds up to our very hard water conditions.  From the moment you call us for drinking water service, water softening equipment, maintenance or service we are here for you.




Meet the Crew

Steve Nipper – President/Owner & “Water Guru”

I started Sol Wave Water to help people and businesses with their water problems.  I have over 30 years of experience in the water treatment industry designing systems, selecting processes, and helping customers understand how the different systems work and what will solve their problems best.  Soft water for your shower and dishes, filtered/purified/ or alkaline water for drinking, or Ultra-High Purity for your aerospace manufacturing application, I can help.  We are just concluding our Alpha test on resolving the high copper levels in some Montecito homes, we have bees successful and are looking for two more houses with the issue to begin Beta testing.  As a local Santa Barbara resident I understand our water and how to correct people’s individual water needs.  Direct line to reach me 805-845-5443 or Contact

For more information on my background please see my LinkedIn Profile.

Josh Taylor – General Manager “Service of the Decade”

Josh a great crew leader!  He also has 15 years of training with Steve.  You can trust that Josh’s teams will get the job done correctly the first time.  As with everything he oversees  – installations will be beautiful, machines will work great, his delivery guys will ensure that all your deliveries are smooth and complete (locking doors and gates behind themselves!).  Josh is a Veteran, trained EMT, and an amazing installer and service guru, and awesome manager!!  Call today and hear his friendly voice on the other end!  Josh and his wife call Oxnard home and love their community. Contact

Cherly Wilcots – Accounts Receivable “On the Phone & Live at the Office”

Pushing three years with the company, Cheryl is another amazing addition to the Crew.  With a background in Engineering at UCSB and 20 years of retail customer service, Cheryl can dig into any question on service, billing,  or payment options.  Cheryl is the one to call or email. Contact

Andrew Lemley – “Installer to the Stars”

Born and raised with a family construction background in Arizona, Andrew is never afraid of the heat!  His sports have been football and Mixed Martial Arts “Always try to be positive to outweigh the negative”.  You say install, he says where do you want it?  A true “artist in plumbing” approach to your job functioning perfectly and looking amazing.  His over three years of training with Josh has deepened his commitment to perfection.  A great guy, good hands, and attention to detail…  Step back, let him create art at your home or business, you will be pleased with the results.

John Guillen  – Service and Installation & “Service with a Smile”

Although John joined our team in September of 2018 and immediately took to route driving, with a fantastic driving record, he mastered the routes and trained his successor, Arturo Navarro.  With the new found time, John quickly demonstrated his ability to work on complex vending machines, water softeners, and drinking water systems.  We have another installation artist giving Andrew a run for the “Company Title Belt”.  You can count on John for beautiful installations, prompt service, accurate deliveries and pleasant interactions. A true Santa Barbara Native and as a Santa Barbara Don he loves his community.

Neal Thompson – Customer Service & Marketing/Events “On the Phone & Live at the Office”

A 20 year 805 local, Neal has over 30 yrs. experience in customer service and sales, and loves meeting new people which makes him the ideal person to welcome you to the Sol Wave family and is here to ensure your needs are met by scheduling appointments and providing information for you and your needs.

Arturo Navarro – Delivery & “Kind & Attentive”

Arturo joined our team in June of 2019 and has been a very quick apprentice, a fantastic delivery guy. You can count on Arturo for accurate deliveries, prompt service, and pleasant interactions.   A lover of Santa Barbara, he loves this community and wants your bottles fresh and your systems to operate as efficiently and consistently as humanly possible.  As if route driving for Sol Wave Wasn’t enough, Arturo and his wife are owners of SB Tacos, a catering and taco truck for any event (not during our work hours).  Amazing tacos and tamales fresh every time: [email protected] or 805-637-9086



Alex Navarro – Installation and Service

Alex has become excellent service tech and installer. Always ready and motivated to get the job done correctly. Strides for excellence and will always provide service with a smile.


Lori Zahn – Co-Owner/Wife  & “The Water Lady”

Lori has 19 years experience in the water conditioning arena.  Providing great customer service, a woman’s touch to the company (and look at that great hair…she obviously has a water softener!) is also well versed in construction knowledge and is a commercial real estate broker with Beachside Partners Real Estate.  You can count on us to give you the best customer service and outstanding results.  You will also find us at just about ALL community events in our city.

For More information on my background please see my LinkedIn Profile

September 30, 2015 – Boys & Girls Club of Santa Barbara

Dear Steve, On Behalf of the Kids, our Board of Directors and staff, thank you so very much for your kind donations…  All the Proceeds from the Golf tournament go directly to the kids programs, to help keep them off the streets in a safe, fun environment

Contact Sol Wave Water Today

Email Us      805-845-5443