The greener drinking fountain

Posted by Mike on 2012.03.17

Today is St. Patrick’s day and I am leaving Chicago without seeing the river or parade. Sad, I know.

I did stumble upon some green I didn’t expect: a “green” drinking fountain at O’Hare International Airport.

Chicago Goes Green poster describing filtered water bottle filling station and drinking fountains

Chicago Goes Green poster describing filtered water bottle filling station and drinking fountains

What makes this drinking fountain better then others?

Personally I think the filtration alone makes it fantastic! It is the touchless water bottle filler that makes things so green.

Image of two green drinking fountains that provide filtered water and bottle filling.

Two green drinking fountains that provide filtered water and bottle filling.

 

One thing about filling water bottles at the airport is the surprising difficulty of the task. Now that I have a clever little collapsible bottle it is even harder. Having a proper way to fill up makes things more hygienic and easier.

Image of collapseable water bottle being filled from filtered water bottle filling station

Action shot of a collapseable water bottle being filled from filtered water bottle filling station

Along with ease and hygiene is preservation of precious resources. Ideally people would recycle their plastic bottles together rather then toss them; unfortunately that doesn’t always happen. To help show what a difference such a system can make it would be nice to see some sort of numbers..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image of kid fountain/filling station counter

Numbers from the kid fountain/filling station.

 

Image of adult fountain/filling station counter

Numbers from the adult fountain/filling station.

 

The numbers appear to be based solely on the number of “fills” performed. I don’t believe it considers the occasional mishap when people move in and out of the sensors range while filling. Still the idea that we are preventing so much plastic from being purchased and tossed is a good thing.

Image of the fountain / filling station at ORD

Overhead shot of the fountain / filling station at ORD

 

Overall the system is pretty straightforward and easy to use. In fact I had to sneak in and out of people to get the photos. Everyone seemed to be more then happy to fill a bottle, even if that was refilling a plastic Fiji water bottle. :-)

Time to get to the plane and enjoy the water during take off. Safe travels all.

- Mike

2 Responses to The greener drinking fountain

  1. Laurie Barletta

    Looking to replace a water fountain at our school with one.

    • Mike

      I think that they are a great option! I suspect the counter could be a bit off, but it is really for show anyways.

      Best of luck with the new drinking fountain!

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