Unique “Fire Call Box” Design Blends in with Historic Downtowns and Parks

The challenge: how to dispense water in a way that reflects a historical downtown in a small New England city. In Keene’s iconic Central Square in Filtrine’s hometown in Southwestern New Hampshire, there is an old drinking fountain that has reached the end of its useful life.

Connect 2016, Heart of the Start! an event created to recognize local leading firms and entrepreneurs by showcasing their innovations, invited Filtrine to participate. With a history of customization and innovation of drinking water, filtration and chiller equipment, Filtrine accepted the challenge. Inspired by the “artsy” water cube of Pittsburgh’s Cultural District featuring Filtrine drinking fountains and bottle filling stations, Filtrine decided to design an outdoor fixture that would complement the surrounding landscape and structures and promote the use of refillable water bottles.

 After looking at old photos of Central Square from the 1800s, Filtrine engineers who were intrigued by the antique “fire call boxes” that once dotted the downtown landscape, worked with Alloy Castings, a family-owned Massachusetts business, to come up with the design. This one-of-a-kind outdoor vandal proof dual bottle filling station echoes the style of the antique lampposts and monuments that grace Central Square but provides modern functionality. It uses energy-saving LED lights (optional) and a Filtrine Taste Master® drinking water purifier to promote the use of refillable water bottles and provide refreshing water for Keene’s citizens and visitors. The almost invisible access panel in the pedestal makes for easy maintenance. The model also includes the top mounted call box style light with a sandblasted white, heat resistant globe and cage guard. The new bottle filling station was installed in Spring of 2017.

The historical water bottle filling station, Model 131-CP, is painted in shiny black fingerprint resistant paint and is available in other colors upon special request. Other options include sensor activation and bottle counter.

See the 3D video of the Model 131-CP for a 360° view.

For more information or to get some advice on what you need for your outdoor historical project, fill out the Drinking Water Product Request a Quote Form or contact your local Filtrine Drinking Water Representative.

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