Water Bottle Filling Stations
Billions of bottles of water are consumed globally every year, and less than 20% are recycled. The water bottle filling stations on campus encourage the WPI community to use reusable bottles rather than commercial water bottles.
The fountains at these filling stations provide Sports & Recreation Center visitors a rapid fill of fresh, filtered water to quench their thirst, resulting in less plastic bottle waste in the environment. The flow is three times faster than a standard drinking fountain, and electronic sensors provide a touch-less, sanitary operation. New filters have enhanced sediment removal capabilities, and anti-microbial features protect against mold and mildew growth.
The filling stations use refrigerants with an ozone depletion potential (ODP) ratio of 0%. They support early compliance with the Montreal Protocol (established in 1987 to reduce the production and consumption of ozone depleting substances to reduce their abundance in the atmosphere and protect the earth’s fragile ozone layer), while minimizing direct contributions to global warming. The stations also exceed all energy-efficiency standards by as much as 64%. Their many components are made from recycled content, including stainless steel, galvanized steel, and brass.
The units are 100% recyclable—the filling stations and components are packaged in recycled cardboard, and reduce consumer spending on plastic water bottles, thus helping keep the environment free of plastic water bottle pollution and reducing the need for more energy to produce plastic disposable water bottles. In the first 9 months of operation, these stations eliminated the use and disposal of 240,000 bottles of water.