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Helo Cymru! MIW Move over the Border with Work for the Welsh Government

Wednesday, 10 July 2019 14:49:26 Europe/London

One of the best things about MIW is that we get to work for all sorts of people in all sorts of places. And the most recent work we’ve been doing, for Cadw – the Welsh Government's historic environment service – has taken us to some of the most spectacular locations in MIW’s history. Think baths dating back to Roman times, castles erected in the 13th Century in a bid to pacify the Welsh, and a monastery (later developed into a Bishop’s Palace) once visited by William the Conqueror. The mind boggles at such beauty and history. And it’s been our very great privilege to help make each of them a little more visitor friendly for the modern dwristiaid (that’s ‘tourist’ in Welsh, in case you were wondering!).

MIW and Cadw

Amongst other things, Cadw is responsible for protecting, maintaining and servicing 22 sites of historical interest across Wales. They see to their upkeep, oversee restorations, and help to make each site as accessible to as many visitors as possible. Part of that involves providing facilities. Another part involves ensuring that all facilities are as clean and tidy as possible. A few months ago, Cadw came to MIW Water Cooler Experts to see if we could help with both of these areas – aiming to reduce litter while providing a lovely new service for all visitors: a bottle refill station. And so we got to work, installing Halsey Taylor Endura II 4405BF tubular bottle filling stations in 10 of Cadw’s most popular and beautiful locations.

Why the Halsey Taylor Endura II?A man refilling his water bottle at a green bottle filler.

Specifically designed for outdoor use, the Endura II is vandal-proof, weather-proof, durable (as the name implies!) and easy to use. It has a fast bottle fill rate, ideal for catering for visitors to busy tourist attractions. It has an inbuilt strainer, to ensure that water remains at its highest quality at all times. And, importantly for such stunning and ancient locations, these bottle fillers are discreet; small, curvy and green, they blend into their surroundings well, providing a service without creating an eye-sore.

The Locations

The bottle fillers have been located in heritage sites throughout Wales:

- Caerphilly Castle
- Conwy Castle
- Harlech Castle
- Laugharne Castle
- Raglan Castle
- Rhuddlan Castle
- St David’s Bishop’s Palace
- Tintern Abbey

They’re largely stationed around the visitor’s centre and have been provided to help reduce single-use plastic waste littering the sites, as well as to give visitors access to lovely fresh water, without having to pay for it.

This has been one of my favourite jobs to collate, and the MIW team have really enjoyed seeing all (or at least half!) of what Cadw have to offer. If you haven’t been to these places already, you don’t know what you’re missing out on. Plan a trip now – and don’t forget to take a reusable bottle with you. I know for certain that 10 Halsey Taylor Endura II bottle fillers are just waiting to say ‘Helo’!

Simply the Best: Choosing the Best Water Bottle Refill Station for Your Business

Water bottle refill stations are fast becoming the must-have item for all eco-conscious businesses. They’re a great way to provide an additional service to your customers – and staff – while quietly showcasing the fact that your business is environmentally-aware. But, with so many makes and models now available, how do you know which is the best one for you?

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Top of the Class – The Most Popular Bottle Filler for Schools

Monday, 12 November 2018 07:00:00 Europe/London

Top of the Class – The Most Popular Bottle Filler for Schools

We work with a lot of schools at MIW Water Cooler Expert. Over the years, we’ve installed thousands of drinking water solutions. And if there’s one thing that we’ve learnt, it’s that schools, colleges and universities have very specific needs. And while there’s still room for the traditional stop and slurp drinking fountains, they don’t cater for every demographic. Teenage girls, for example, aren’t overly keen on having to wipe their chins are every drink! And yet, while bottle fillers are growing in popularity, not everyone carries a bottle on them, or wants to add to the weight of the textbooks and tech dragging at their shoulders with a sloshing drinks bottle in their bag.

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Liquidating Liverpool Street Station… With Two Water Refill Stations

Monday, 5 November 2018 07:00:00 Europe/London

Liquidating Liverpool Street Station… With Two Water Refill Stations

All this year, the MIW team has been working with the London Mayor’s Office and the #OneLess campaign to facilitate the London Refill Project (LRP). The aim is the installation of 50 water bottle refill stations in high footfall areas around the capital, in a drive to reduce the purchase of single-use plastic drinks bottles. MIW’s role is the donation and installation of the refill units. So far, it’s been a really exciting project to be involved with.

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Making a Splash at Countryfile Live

Wednesday, 8 August 2018 23:28:18 Europe/London

Thames Water debut MIW’s new Marathon ‘pop-up’ water coolers at major BBC event.

MIW POP Bottle Refill station  MIW has made its name by supplying the best quality drinking fountains, watercoolers and bottle refill stations available. But, while we’re very proud of our range, in the last year or so we’ve noticed that something was missing. Being unable to source it from any of our regular manufactures, we decided to make it ourselves. Thus, the MIW Marathon was born. An innovative lightweight, easy to move, easy to assemble, yet safe and secure ‘pop-up’ water bottle refill station. And it’s been met with instant interest. 

 

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WRAS in a Nutshell

Monday, 9 July 2018 07:00:00 Europe/London

WRAS in a Nutshell

MIW specialises in WRAS-approved drinking solutions… Which possibly/probably sounds a bit pretentious. But, once you’ve substituted ‘drinking solutions’ for water coolers, drinking fountains and sports bottle refill stations, and firmly grasped what WRAS is, you begin to realise what a jolly good thing this is. 

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Complying with Your Local Water Authority

Monday, 25 June 2018 07:00:00 Europe/London

Complying with Your Local Water Authority

When you think about your local water authority – which, I’d guess, is seldom – it’s probably mostly as a service provider. Their role is to provide you, and everyone else in the area, with clean, fresh water. But you may be overlooking one important word: authority...

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Impossible is Nothing

Tuesday, 12 June 2018 07:00:00 Europe/London

Impossible is Nothing

MIW helps make sustainability possible for the new Parisian adidas flagship store.

If you’re a major international company looking to improve your green ethos, what steps do you take? 

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W.R.A.S.

Monday, 28 May 2018 07:00:00 Europe/London

W.R.A.S.

WRAS is an independent testing agency created to put products that will be linked to the water mains through their paces. This means testing every component, every material and every completed unit to make sure that they are safe.

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