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Open to Everyone: Kingston’s Market Place Bottle Filling Station

Thursday, 11 April 2019 18:35:35 Europe/London

Open to Everyone: Kingston’s Market Place Bottle Filling Station

 

Unless you happen to use or have used a wheelchair, it’s probably never crossed your mind how awkward so many things can New Wras Approved MIW Bottle Refill Stations Equality Act 2010be if you have mobility problems. Going to the loo in public conveniences can be a major production. Even navigating shops and restaurants is often far harder than it should be. Then there are the things that seem like they should be easy – like using a public drinking fountain – but turn out not to be easy at all. Fortunately, visitors to Kingston won’t have that problem to worry about. The new bottle filling station that MIW installed in Kingston’s Market Place is fully compliant with the Equality Act (2010), making it open to everyone.

What Do You Look for in a Bottle Filling Station?

When any organisation begins researching the best bottle filling station for their needs, they usually have a few set criteria in mind. They then speak to us and we help them to pin down a few more. Among the most commonly requested features are:

What’s often overlooked, however, is accessibility for all.

Wheelchair Accessible UK Drinking Fountain MIWThe whole idea of public bottle fillers and drinking fountains is to provide a service to the public. And that includes everyone: young; old; male; female; gender fluid; able bodied; and those with disabilities. According to the NHS, there are currently 1.2 million wheelchair users in the UK. That’s a huge number of people to be ignoring. That’s why we’re so proud to be able to offer accessible, Equality Act (2010) compliant drinking units from Halsey Taylor.

The Halsey Taylor 4420BF1U Bottle Filling Station

When Kingston’s Parish Councillors contacted MIW for the Market Place bottle filler, they were looking for something that could be used by as many members of the public as possible. It had to meet all of the above criteria. It also had to be quick to use and durable; this isn’t something they want to be replacing every year. The Halsey Taylor 4420BF1U was the obvious option.

Based in the US, Halsey Taylor take pains to ensure that their products are ADA-compliant (Americans with Disabilities Act). When they started exporting to the UK (MIW is their prime UK distributor), they wanted to make sure that their products lived up to British standards too. That’s what makes the Market Place bottle filler such a perfect fit for Kingston – and for every other responsible, inclusive organisation.

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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Because There is no Planet B

Thursday, 4 October 2018 12:00:00 Europe/London

Because There is no Planet B

I’ve just discovered a new brand and I’m very excited about it. Why? Because not only do they make clothing and shoes from recycled materials, but they have recently released a line of shoes specifically crafted from plastic retrieved from the ocean. How good is that?

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A Bude-iful Crowd-Funding Idea

Wednesday, 3 October 2018 12:00:00 Europe/London

A Bude-iful Crowd-Funding Idea

ReFILL Bude empower collective change with a campaign to bring a water bottle refill station to the town.

In this blog, I often talk about the ways in which business can help to facilitate change. How the likes of Adidas, Network Rail and ZSL London Zoo are leading the way in the fight against plastic, through the provision of free-to-use drinking fountains and sports bottle refill stations for their customers. What it’s easy to forget, though, is that there’s a whole lot to be said for people power. And Bude is currently setting a terrific example of that.

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The Bottle Deposit Scheme is Coming – Can Your Business Go One Better?

By this point in the proceedings, most people will have heard about the UK’s new bottle deposit scheme. Due to be rolled out across the country in the near-ish future – the precise date is yet to be announced – it will see the levying of all canned and bottled drinks.

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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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