Welcome to the third installment of Building Design+Construction’s “Great Solutions,” highlighting 14 innovative technologies and products that you can put to work in your next project.
FILTERED WATER DRINKING FOUNTAIN AND BOTTLE REFILL UNIT
Public water bottle refill stations encourage residents to ditch disposable bottles
Manly, N.S.W., a northern suburb of Sydney, wanted to reduce the amount of waste from plastic water bottles by encouraging residents to reuse water bottles. The Manly Council Filtered Water Sustainability Initiative led to the installation of Aquafil filtered water refill stations with Culligan water filtration systems in public places. The refill stations can display advertisements and feature an optional drinking fountain attachment. The idea is spreading: Corky Bradley, AIA, LEED AP, Senior Associate with RB+B Architects, Fort Collins, Colo., photographed this unit on a beach in Tauranga, New Zealand.