Contest seeks names for new water bottle filling stations
is silver, mounted on a wall, and dispenses cold, filtered water
into reusable bottles?
The answer: newly installed campus water bottle filling
To promote water sustainability and to reduce the number of
plastic water bottles going into landfills, Facilities
Management has initiated a pilot project that will install water
bottle refill stations in classroom buildings across campus.
There are two pilot locations: one in Science and Research 1 and
the second on the first floor of Cullen Engineering D-3, with
plans to expand the program to approximately 40 additional
The water bottle filling stations will replace the standard
water fountains and will add the benefits of incorporating a
second water filter to the water supply as well as a station use
counter. This counter will track how many times the filling
station is used, which will give an indication of how many water
bottles are not being tossed into the trash.
After being installed two weeks ago, the filling station
counters indicate that 2,174 fills have occurred. Spread out
over the course of a year at the present rate, just these two
locations alone could account for an estimated 56,524 water
bottles being saved from the landfill. Plans for the
continuation and expansion of this program are being developed
within Facilities Management, including mapping the locations,
type of units to be installed, and material and labor costs.
Now that the pilot program has been launched, Facilities
Management would like to ask for help in naming these filling
stations. The naming competition is open to all students,
faculty and staff. The selected name will be publicized with a
sign above each of the water filling stations. The sign shown in
the photo over the water filling station is a representation
only of what the sign will look like. The person who submits the
winning name will receive a gift card in addition to knowing
they have helped further sustainability efforts on campus. The
deadline to submit a name is April 17 and there is no limit to
the number of different names that can be submitted by any one
The winner will be notified and the new name will be announced
in a campus news release. To submit a name for the competition,
send an email to James Ballowe,
jballowe@central.UH.EDU, Subject Line: NAME CONTEST –
WATER BOTTLE FILLING STATION.