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University of Georgia offers refilling stations for reusable water bottles

We greenies just love our reusable water bottles… with good reason: bottled water provides little benefit at a high price, and creates a ton of waste (only 20% of which gets recycled). Refilling those bottles on the go can be a challenge, though. Sure, you can use a water fountain, but they’re designed for direct drinking… so refilling a bottle can be a slow process.

The Ecology Club and Office of Sustainability at the University of Georgia have addressed this problem head on with the installation of three water bottle filling stations in the Odum School of Ecology building. Built in to existing drinking fountains, the stations provide a steady stream of filtered water at a flow rate that makes bottle refilling quick and easy. Student Caleb Fontaine told the Athens Banner-Herald “The water comes out at like five times the rate of a normal fountain.”

So is that convenience making a difference? Apparently so… the stations have digital tickers that count the number of bottles refilled, and, after two months, their use has kept members of the campus community from purchasing 3250 bottles of water. Considering about 2600 of those bottles probably would’ve ended up in the trash, that’s pretty impressive for a short time period.

Know of other places installing water refilling stations? Tell us about them…

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