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DRINKING WATER PROJECT PROFILE: THE NEW SCHOOL CUTS DOWN ON WASTE WITH FILTRINE WATER BOTTLE FILLING STATIONS
New York City’s The New School Takes Advantage of Filtrine's Low Profile Water Bottle Filling Stations
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Location
New York City, NY

Challenge
As a leading university in promoting campus sustainability, it was apparent to The New School administrators that serving water in their facilities was an important factor in their commitment to their students and the environment. The popularity of disposable bottled water among students and faculty, in addition to the urban campus location, aggravated existing campus waste problems. This, in addition to the obvious environmental hazards and increased cost of disposable bottled water, motivated administrators to seek alternatives.

Solution
While many drinking water serving options were considered, including point of use (POU) counter-top water coolers, the university contacted Filtrine and ultimately decided to install five of Filtrine’s Model B103 Bottle Filling Stations in 2008. The all-stainless-steel "low profile" construction, along with the wide variety of drinking water bottle filling station options, were contributing factors in their decision to go with Filtrine.

In order to promote the use of Filtrine's water bottle filling stations, they also installed five Filtrine Model ES-2-RF-IW chiller/purifiers (one for each outlet), in discrete "in-wall" locations with access for regular maintenance. In this case, the bottle filling station locations were extremely spread out, so the possibility of using a single central drinking water chiller to dispense water to multiple units was not an option. The Model ES-2-RF-IW non-recirculating in-wall remote chillers/purifiers ensured that the water being served from the bottle filling stations was chilled, safe to drink, with unpleasant tastes and odors (such as chlorine) removed. This produced a water quality that was better than disposable bottled water and helped jump-start the transition to reducing campus waste.

Since this first installation in 2008, the university has continued to install Filtrine's water bottle filling stations on every new campus project. They have also taken advantage of Filtrine's different bottle filling station configurations, installing: the Model B103-CD2 cup dispenser, disposal bin; the Model B103-C2-H including hot and cold water spouts; and the Model FCC-B103 bottle filling station and chiller/purifier. The different models enabled the university to select a tailor made water bottle filler solution for any campus location whether in the student center, the cafeteria, or a dormitory/residence hall.

Filtrine Equipment Used
Filtrine's Model B103 Water Bottle Filling Station; Model B103-C2-H Water Bottle Filling Station with a hot tank and dual cup dispenser; Model B103-CD2 Water Bottle Filling Station with cup dispenser and disposal bin; Model FCC-B103 Bottle Filling Station with chiller/purifier; Model ES-2-RF-IW Drinking Water Chiller/Purifier

For more information, see Filtrine in-wall drinking water chillers and water bottle filling station specifications.