Water Refill Stations
Over 1 million refills and counting!
Two new water fountains (the Refill-it stations) were installed in SUB following the 2011 Sustainability Assessment, which recommended that water fountains that made it easy to refill water bottles should be installed in the building.
Two old-style drinking fountains were replaced with new water refill stations in September 2011, shortly after the publication of the Assessment. And in September 2014, we installed a third Refill-it station in the newly renovated Lower Level. Each station features:
- an automated water bottle refill system
- a counter that records each time a bottle is refilled
- a regular water fountain tap, and
- a water filtration system
Anyone who has tried to refill a water bottle at a typical water fountain knows how awkward - and messy - it can be. The water refill stations make it fast and easy to refill almost any water bottle, and they obviously work: on average, each refill station is used hundreds of times every day!
Since they were installed, the stations have been used more than one and a quarter million times.
Of course, that doesn't mean that a million plastic bottles have been taken out of the waste stream... but it's pretty obvious that providing water refill stations does encourage people to use their own bottles.
As of May 2016, the actual count of how many times the three stations have been used was 1,247,078.
If you have any questions about the Refill-it stations, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note - just in case you are looking at the counters on the water stations - that after recording nearly 400,000 uses, the counter on one of the water stations was reset to zero some time in March 2014 (and again about one year later) so the combined counts on the actual stations is much lower than the (correct) total shown here. Also, the unit close to the east doors of SUB was out of service for about 90 days when when it froze up on a particularly cold winter's day.