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Water Refill Stations - New Wave of the Future - Eliminate Plastic Water Bottles

Bottle refill stations are now available and appearing at locations across the United States. While some have gone so far as banning bottled water, many others have taken a softer approach and have offered filtered water, free at outside bottle filling stations. Together we will explore the many locations that are banning bottled water along with a handful of locations that are now offering the free, outside refill stations. From the promotional photos to the new photos of the products, this is an exciting new era for drinking water. These new initiatives have been aptly labelled the "new citizenship. It is the stewardship that is crafting these new waves throughout our culture.

The Banning of Bottled Water

Some have taken to banning of bottled water. What is fascinating is not their actions but their entire marketing campaign. These early adaptors have mapped for us clear action plans for us to embrace. So who were the first to embrace this new green technology?

Take Back the Tap - Refills, Not Landfills

colorful poster Take Back the Tap - Refills, Not Landfills - supporting tap water over bottled water

colorful poster Take Back the Tap - Refills, Not Landfills - supporting tap water over bottled water

Bottle refill stations are now available and appearing at locations across the United States. While some have gone so far as banning bottled water, many others have taken a softer approach and have offered filtered water, free at outside bottle filling stations. Together we will explore the many locations that are banning bottled water along with a handful of locations that are now offering the free, outside refill stations. From the promotional photos to the new photos of the products, this is an exciting new era for drinking water. These new initiatives have been aptly labelled the "new citizenship. It is the stewardship that is crafting these new waves throughout our culture.

The Banning of Bottled Water

Some have taken to banning of bottled water. What is fascinating is not their actions but their entire marketing campaign. These early adaptors have mapped for us clear action plans for us to embrace. So who were the first to embrace this new green technology?

Bundanoon and Toronta Were the First to Care About Our Environment

Bundanoon and Toronto were the first, London soon followed and now a progressive town called Concord near Boston, Massachusetts is taking a stand. There is a new citizenship emerging from Australia to Canada to Great Britain and now the United States. A concerned citizenship for both frugality and the environment. Campaigns, such as “Think Outside of the Bottle” and “Bundy on Tap” have targeted their citizens in an effort to educate them about the environment, tap water and the unnecessary expense of bottled water. Terms, such as the "new smokers'" to "unnecessary fad", in combination with other educational training and now new drinking fountains - fountains that double as water “filling stations” have emerged. And many of these marketing campaigns are joined with municipal ordinances to ban bottled water. Are "water refill stations" a wave of the future? Will there be a free "water refill station” near you?Bottle refill stations are now available and appearing at locations across the United States. While some have gone so far as banning bottled water, many others have taken a softer approach and have offered filtered water, free at outside bottle filling stations. Together we will explore the many locations that are banning bottled water along with a handful of locations that are now offering the free, outside refill stations. From the promotional photos to the new photos of the products, this is an exciting new era for drinking water. These new initiatives have been aptly labelled the "new citizenship. It is the stewardship that is crafting these new waves throughout our culture.

New South Wales, Australia - Bundanoon Started it All - Think Outside the Bottle - Preserve Our Land

From a tiny town in New South Wales, Australia called Bundanoon (a town of approximately 2,500 people and 100 miles south of Australia) and with support from Jon Dee, a Bundanoon resident, who actively promoted the city’s tap water with the marketing slogan of “Bundy on Tap” to Marketing campaigns to promote tap water from “Bundy on Tap” (a water campaign in Bundanoon Australian a town of 2,500, about 100 miles south of Sydney.) to “Think Outside the Bottle” are changing the way we view our water source and also how we live.

Water Bottle Refill Stations EZH20

Water Bottle Refill Stations with Pet Station EZH20

Water Bottle Refill Stations with Pet Station EZH20

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Elkay colors for EZH20

Elkay colors for EZH20

Drinking Fountain Retrofit Systems

Elkay, the world's largest drinking fountain and cooler company, has launched an exciting new product that provides for a simply retrofit of any drinking fountain that includes:

  1. Higher refill flow rates (which means less waiting in line to refill)
  2. Filtered water (offering the best tasting water that is also safe) and
  3. Hands-free (no faucet, the filling station is activated by the pressure of the water bottle).

Hydration Stations Berkely, California

Quench Your Thirst the Berkeley Way

Hydration stations can also be found on the campus in Berkley, California where students can fill up their water bottles touch free. No need to turn a faucet on - the motion detection does it for you.

New York City - Over 100 Free Water Refill Stations

New York City, NY, United States has installed over 100 free tap water refill stations.

Water Refill Stations - The First in the World

Bundanoon was perhaps the first to offer free to the public "water refill stations" complete with filtered and cooled public drinking water. Toronto was the first large city to ban bottled water. And Paris was the first to actively start marketing its tap water back in 2005! The little town of Bundanoon takes the lead for both innovation, frugality and full implementation.

Bundanoon has three filler stations in its town of 2,500 in addition to the station over at the primary school. The free stations compliment the municipal code within the village of Bundanoon which only allows refillable water bottles to be sold.

The name "Bundanoon" is derived from an Aboriginal name meaning "place of deep gullies". A gully is a deep channel cut in the earth by running water after a prolonged downpour. Bundanoon like all of Australia is pristine in its beauty and houses some of the world's finest water.

Canada's Municipal Leaders

Access to public drinking fountains is an important topic for world leaders. Promoting tap water and educating citizens about the complexity of delivering potable tap water are essential functions for informed decisions.

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"Increasingly across Canada, municipal leaders are showing that there is a strong political will for reinvestments in public water services. However, access to municipal drinking water is dwindling with new buildings constructed without water fountains and older ones decommissioning existing fountains. Now is the time to issue strong calls to all levels of government for greater public access to free potable water and a wholesale reinvestment in water infrastructure and services..."

"Toronto is now the largest city in the world to pass such far-reaching regulations controlling the distribution of bottled water on municipal property and promoting the use of publicly delivered tap water. Other Canadian and American municipalities have enacted policies encouraging the consumption of tap water and limiting the distribution of bottled water using taxpayer money, but none as large as Toronto has taken such a comprehensive approach."4

Plastic-Free Pledge is Spreading

Citizens from around the world are thinking and taking action! They are learning about water quality, they are learning about the environment and they are getting involved. Promoting tap water through advertising campaigns or through more aggressive measures such as the ban on bottled water is a growing trend which may be in your hometown soon.

In the midst of all of this celebration of tap water Pepsi Cola has also jumped on the elite bandwagon of "tap water is cool".


Point of Use Water Filtration System

The point of use water filtration systems provide for the safest and best tasting drinking water. Water distribution systems use chlorine in order to combat potentially harmful bacteria that may linger in the distribution or service lines. Often the bacteria enters the system from small leaks or breaks in the service line right in front of your home and or business. While chlorine is the safe, the taste is not preferable. The point of use water filtration system removes the chlorine to provide the test tasting water.

There are a number of new point of use water filtration systems that also provide residual disinfection through the use of ozonated water combined with filtered water which is concisely called layered ozonated water. In place of the bulky ozone generators, layered ozonated water delivers water filtration system with water purification.

Pepsi's U Turn for Marketing Celebrates Public Water Source

Aquafina®, the trade name for PepsiCo's bottled water is even changing its marketing. Aquafina is filtered and now Pepsi is joining the brigade that tap water is cool by labelling their bottled water as P.W.W. (Public Water Source). Wikipedia reports:

"As of July 27, 2007, PepsiCo put a disclaimer stating the water comes from a "public source" on each bottle. Aquafina uses the term "Purified Drinking Water" on its label. In Canada, the current 1.5 L bottle of water displays "Demineralized Treated Water". Michelle Naughton, a Pepsi-Cola North America spokeswoman said, "If this helps clarify the fact that the water originates from public sources, then it's a reasonable thing to do." Their newest development is called the Eco-Fina Bottle; it uses 50% less plastic than their 2002 bottle. Aquafina will now save 75 million pounds of plastic each year." wikipedia.com

Boil Orders and Boston, Massachusetts

As Boston residents have learned the hard way, the campaign to promote tap water may be better served on a more positive basis rather than banning bottled water. Literally 48 hours after Concord Massachusetts banned bottled water, their neighboring community issued a boil order due to a main break.

The quality of tap water is excellent in the United States, however, the fact remains that water mains break, service lines leak and the stability of the distribution system can and will impair the quality of the community's water supply. This has nothing to do with the hard work of the water production and water distribution team members. This is the simply the environment and the complexity of delivering potable water. Understanding the complexity of the systems involved, understanding the potential harm from bacteria is an important task for all citizens to fully understand.

Antique Public Drinking Fountain

Antique Cast Iron Public Drinking Fountain

Antique Cast Iron Public Drinking Fountain

Water Bottle Filling Station

Children and Mother Near Water Bottle Filling Machine EZ H20

Children and Mother Near Water Bottle Filling Machine EZ H20