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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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Your Water, Your Life – Scottish Water Taps into Water Refill Boom

Friday, 28 September 2018 10:31:01 Europe/London

Your Water, Your Life – Scottish Water Taps into Water Refill Boom

It’s not all that often that you get to witness a sea change in public opinion actually happening. It’s even rarer that you can see both Government and business working to both accommodate and facilitate that change. But that’s what we’re now seeing with the fight to reduce single-use plastic. This summer, Scottish Water is launching a campaign to make sure that it plays its part too.  

Water utility companies across the UK are looking to get on board with the plastic revolution, finding ways to reduce waste Scottish Water install new MIW/Elkay refill stationsplastic by encouraging people to refill from the tap. It’s an easy enough message to promote in the home, but reaching the public when they’re out and about can be a different matter. This is why many water providers, including Scottish Water, are now introducing free-to-use public outdoor bottle refill stations. And MIW has been helping them along the way.

We’ve already successfully partnered with Yorkshire Water on the Cool Fuel project, which saw water coolers installed into schools across the county. We were part of Anglian Water’s Captain Splosh campaign, providing mains-fed water coolers to primary schools in Lincolnshire – because a well-hydrated child is far better able to concentrate in class.

It’s through projects like these that MIW Water Cooler Experts became known as the UK’s leading authority on both indoor and outdoor drinking fountains and sports bottle refill stations. We have a commitment to supplying WRAS-approved units, ensuring that all of our equipment is compliant with UK regulations, so that our customers don’t get any nasty surprises in the future. This commitment has led to our involvement in a huge number of high-profile installations, including our work with the London Refill Project, which will run between 2018 and 2022. It’s also seen us take an active role in the #OneLess campaign. And now, we’re really excited to be working with Scottish Water.

The Your Water Your Life project has been meticulously planned during the course of the last six months, but is now finally ready to step off the drawing board. Understanding the public’s drive to reduce plastic waste, Scottish Water is working with MIW to install specially designed water stations at selected locations throughout the country. Each unit will be easy to use, hygienic, weather-proof and vandal-proof, making them an investment that will last for years to come. Locations have been chosen based on their footfall and popularity, so there will be a special focus in Edinburgh, outside of the Parliament building, and in key areas of Glasgow.

Douglas Millican, the Chief Exec of Scottish Water, described the project as a drive ‘to persuade people to top up from the tap.’ And when free, fresh Scottish water tastes so good, why would you bother paying for a plastic bottle? It saves money, saves the environment, tastes great and is a whole lot healthier than fizzy drinks.

The first of Scottish Water’s free-to-use Elkay / Halsey Taylor outdoor, vandal resistant water refill stations will be installed outside the Scottish Parliament building within the next month. Given the turn out at the series of trial events, we’re pretty confident that this project is going to be a huge success. So, whether you’re a Scottish native, or a visitor north of the border, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the distinctive Your Water Your Life refill stations, and help to do your bit to protect the environment – and your pocket.  

 

Success Across the UK’s Rail Networks

Monday, 30 July 2018 09:49:00 Europe/London

Success Across the UK’s Rail Networks

We’ve been working with The London Mayor’s office and the #OneLess bottle campaign to help reduce the amount of plastic waste in London (as well as further afield), through the provision of free-to-use drinking fountains. And it’s this that has led to the above headline.

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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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Setting the Stage for No Waste Water

Monday, 2 July 2018 07:00:00 Europe/London

Setting the Stage for No Waste Water

If I wrote a blog for every bottle refill station MIW Water Cooler Expert installed, I’d never be away from my keyboard, but some venues are more spectacular than others. And today, I’ve found my muse in London’s Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

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Comments | Posted in MIW News Outdoor Drinking Fountain By Olivia Winter

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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