The new college trend sweeping the nation is an eco-friendly water bottle filling station promoting the use of reusable water bottles. These stations are making a debut on college campuses around the country- but it doesn’t stop there. Airports, office buildings, and public buildings are also beginning to see the implementation of these futuristic, sustainable plastic-savers.
These stations, particularly the brand Elkay, allow you to refill any size bottle at a rate 3 times faster than the average drinking fountain, while keeping track of the number of plastic bottles you are saving from landfills. This way you can actually see the positive impact you’re making as you fill- talk about impressive! The system is hands-free and uses a sensor to provide sanitary, touchless operation. According to a USA Today article, “Hydration stations sweep colleges to promote tap water.” Over 150 colleges and universities have already implemented the Elkay water stations and that number is only increasing each day.
After a proposal written by a student at Carthage College in Kenosha, WI, the college decided to put two Elkay filling Stations on campus- one in a major academic building, and another in the athletic center. After talking to some students on campus it is clear that these fill stations are generating nothing but positive feedback.
“When I first discovered Carthage had implemented these stations, I was excited! It was hard to refill water bottles with the old water fountains we had. I have since started carrying a reusable water bottle with me instead of using and throwing away plastic ones that I had bought previously. This is a really simple solution, and unlike recycling where you can’t see the difference you’re making, these fill stations actually show you how much plastic is being saved. Overall these fill stations are making a positive impact for the future of sustainability at our school.” – Eric Primdahl, Senior at Carthage College