Schools, businesses, restaurants, and public buildings must provide access to free, potable water. Fresh water helps maintain hydration to keep students, employees, and patrons healthy. Until recently, this was easy to do with standard drinking water fountains.
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, drinking water fountains shut down. The high traffic touch-points were no longer an acceptable solution. Luckily, hands free water bottle fill stations offer a safer alternative.
In this article, we will teach you what a water bottle filling station is, the benefits, and the cost. Plus, learn an easy fundraising idea. Do it right and you could have no out-of-pocket cost for your water bottle fill stations.
These units are installed above a drinking water fountain. The fill station has an electronic sensor. When you place your reusable bottle in front of the sensor the unit will dispense. Some units, such as the Oasis Single Level Touchless Drinking Fountain, even filter and chill the water.
These units must be plumbed into your waterline by a professional installer. They also require electricity and a drain. Most are wall mounted, but with machines like the Freestanding Contactless Bottle Filler no mounting is necessary.
You will enjoy multiple benefits with water bottle fill stations. Most importantly, you will meet your requirements to provide fresh, potable water. Also, students and employees who drink enough water are more energized and productive. Other benefits include:
There are many models available, and the prices vary . The simplest option is to convert a water fountain to a bottle filler. Or you can go for all the bells and whistles. Some bottle fillers come with carbon filtration, UV sanitation, and an instant chiller. The range of costs is about $399 up to $1999 plus installation. Most clients choose an option somewhere in the middle.
These units are cost-effective. There are no repeat expenditures (outside of maintenance) and they come with a 5-year warranty. This can still be a tough pill to swallow for settings that require multiple fountains and schools with tight budgets. Elkay (a top manufacturer of water bottle fill stations) has partnered with Eco Vessel to create a fundraiser to help pay for your touchless fill stations. And, it’s super easy! Here is how it works: