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Edition 17
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Features to Look for when Specifying a Drinking Fountain for Commercial Use


Filtrine-Model-108-WD wooden drinking-fountain

Architects and engineers are often tasked with stipulating drinking water fountains in their building plans or replacing one during a building renovation. With the wide array of models and companies, what should they look for?

One thing to keep in mind is how long the company has been in business. This is to ensure that a building owner can get replacement parts easily. Another aspect is durability, can the fountain hold up to heavy use or vandalism? Also, will the fountain enhance the décor or detract from the architect’s vision?

Filtrine focuses on designing the equipment for the application, each fountain is hand built and hand finished. The photo on left features the newest Filtrine drinking water fountain. Inspired by wood found in New Hampshire and access to some of the finest furniture makers in New England, Filtrine has created the Model 108-WD drinking water fountain. The 10” diameter bowl is made of bronze and is encircled by cherry wood finished with impermeable tung oil for an overall diameter of 14”.

This fountain model joins the Filtrine Fountain Collection which also features the Model 107-T, Model 107-MA and the Filtrine alcove drinking fountain model line.

This table shows how Filtrine fountains far exceed the competitions’.

Filtrine Fountains Competitor Fountains

16 and 14 gauge stainless steel construction (heavy duty)

18, 20 and 22 gauge stainless steel construction (light duty, prone to denting)

Integral drain in bowl (ease of cleaning and increased durability)

Gasketed drain assembly
(prone to leaks)

Bronze fountain models

Not available
Custom built fountains (flexible design)*

Stock models only

Multiple bottle filler options (all stainless parts)

Single bottle filler/bubbler model only (contains plastic parts)

No fan chiller models (extra quiet operation)

Not available

Chiller/purifier with 2 gallon storage (extra capacity for high demand)

Chiller has no storage tank
(limited capacity)

1/4" steel mounting plate to securely hold fixture to carrier/studs

Light-duty galvanized plate (requires conventional fixture carrier)

100% metal bubbler, waterways, and regulator

Plastic bubbler, waterways and regulator (light duty)

Dual width cover plate standard (protects wall from splashing, no seams)

Single width cover plate only
(visible seams, less structural integrity)

Unlimited finish options available

Not available

No logo option

Not available

* Cup dispenser/disposal bin, fire hose and storage cabinet

Filtrine is family-owned and has been in business for 115 years as a leader in the industry. Filtrine’s equipment is 100% made in USA, with no less than 75% US parts/components, is extremely durable and often outlasts the building that it is installed in.

For more information on Filtrine drinking water fountains or other equipment, fill out the contact form or contact your Filtrine Representative.


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