With everyone sporting their own BYOB (bring your own water bottle) wouldn’t it be nice to have a refill water fountain? Just stick your bottle in the slot and water to go. No more plastic water bottles or paper cups at the cooler.
Well, you are in luck since Elkay’s EZH2O fillable water station with or without a water fountain makes the ubiquitous plastic water bottle or paper cup a thing of the past. Many of you might recognize the name, Elkay, as it pertains to high quality kitchen sinks. In fact, I have their sink products as well. So, I can only imagine the quality of their new venture.
Elkay offers a variety of fillable water stations for new construction or retrofit situations. See here for more information on the different types of EZH2O stations available.
Why am I so excited about this water station? Think about how many water bottles are thrown away rather than recycled. Plus, don’t forget the health concerns surrounding plastic water bottles.
According to the website,
- “The EZH2O fill rate* is 1.1-1.5 gpm; 3 times faster than a traditional drinking fountain
- One-handed operation allows for a quick fill between activities
- The electronic sensor provides touchless, sanitary operation; just place and fill
- New WaterSentry® Plus 3000 gallon filter is included (NSF approved for taste, odor and lead reduction)
- Integrated Silver Ion Anti-microbial protects against mold and mildew growth
- Innovative Green Ticker counts the quantity of 16 oz. bottles saved from land fills for non-refrigerated units and 12 oz. bottles saved for refrigerated units
- * Fill rate is 1.1 gpm for refrigerated units and 1.5 gpm for non-refrigerated units”
Watch the below video produced by Elkay that shows you just how easy and convenient one of these water fillers could be in your office, gym, school, or healthcare facility.
The unit is easy to install and maintain. The water is filtered so no more excuses to buy that bottle “filtered” water. (You know the cooler that you hang around to talk about True Blood. Oh, come on I know you do.) The External Visual Filter Monitor indicates when the filter needs to be changed.
But speaking of filters…
So, what happens to the filter at the end of its life. The garbage? I wish when companies create greener options that they think the whole life cycle completely through. Kind of like the green products cradled in Styrofoam. I am contacting the Company and will update the post as to what happens with the filter.
So, if you are on your company’s or school’s green team, or the person (like me) who is jumping up and down in the back of the room trying to green the world, share this post with the higher ups. Tell them how much green they will save by replacing the water cooler or hauling the plastic trash to the landfill if your company does not recycle. Saving green always gives you an in.
So, readers, would you like a refillable water station are your neighborhood grocery store, gym, or large department store? Or how about your office?