Water Bottle Fillers Are a Right Step Toward Sustainability Goals

by ramsesApril 25, 2016
Water Bottle Fillers Are a Right Step Toward Sustainability Goals

As of January 1, 2013 business owners could no longer sell non-sparkling, unflavored drinking water in single-serving polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles of 1 liter (34 ounces) or less in the Town of Concord Massachusetts. 

On that same date, the University of Vermont became the first public university to ban the sale of bottled water while 22 private campuses have also made the move. 

Grand Canyon National Park stopped selling water in containers smaller than one gallon in 2012. This isn’t a move to get people to stop drinking water. It’s a move to eliminate a growing problem of plastic waste. The alternative these campuses and the Grand Canyon National Park are providing is the installation of indoor and outdoor reusable bottle fillers, but it’s not just college campuses and national parks that are trying to solve the problem of single use, plastic water bottle waste. 

San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors President David Chiu introduced legislation in December 2012 that would require building owners and developers to install tap water filling stations on the premises if they’re already required to provide drinking fountains. Buildings undergoing major renovations involving their plumbing systems that supply drinking fountains also would have to comply. 

More and more commercial, institutional, industrial and parks and recreation facilities are implementing greater sustainability practices, and reusable bottle fillers are a simple and cost effective step toward their sustainability goals. 

Not all bottle fillers are created equal. One of the most important considerations when choosing a bottle filler, whether for indoor or outdoor application, is durability. We are seeing some products on the market degrading after just 2-3 years. 

By adding unnecessary electronics such as bottle counters, area lights and filter meters, you are adding costs and additional maintenance over time. 

Preventing vandalism should be a priority when you are comparing different bottle filling stations. The product you choose should be able to prevent vandals from doing costly damage. If your bottle filling station can withstand the abuse of vandals, it will hold up to normal wear and tear. 

As with all Murdock Manufacturing products, all-metal vandal resistant products are one of our primary areas of expertise. Our all-metal construction will withstand the wear and tear from constant use in public areas. 

To learn more about our manual and automatic bottle fillers and other Murdock products, visit www.murdockmfg.com then click on “Products.” To contact your location rep, click on "Contact Us." 

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