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Bringing A #OneLess Bottle Filler to Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospitals

Wednesday, 17 July 2019 09:03:05 Europe/London

One of the really lovely things about the jobs MIW has been doing as part of the #OneLess campaign is that we’ve been able to work with some exceptionally worthy organisations. And among the best has to be Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospitals.

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t have the NHS to thank for something. Be it the safe delivery of a child, a peaceful resolution to a loved one’s end of life care, or just the treatment of the countless bugs, bumps and bruises that we all face throughout our lives. The staff who work in our hospitals and GP surgeries do an incredible job, and the people who attend them need looking after.

Woman refilling her bottle from the new indoor bottle refill station at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospital.

 There’s not much that we can do about that at MIW, but with our most recent #OneLess London Drinking Fountain Fund project we’ve been able to make a small contribution, with the installation of a free-to-use drinking fountain and bottle refill station at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospital. 

Why the #OneLess Project Chose Guys and St. Thomas’

Guy’s and St. Thomas’ hospitals are responsible for more than 2.5 million patient contacts per year, and employs 16,200 staff to look after them. If ever there were a location where a #OneLess drinking fountain were guaranteed a high footfall, it’s here.

The primary aim of the 20 fountains MIW has donated to the London Drinking Fountain Fund is to help in the reduction of single-use plastic bottles. In providing free-to-use fountains and bottle fillers, it’s hoped that fewer people will spend money on shop-bought bottled water, thus reducing the amount of waste plastic produced. However, a secondary criterion for the installations is that they would go somewhere where they would make a difference.

Whether you work there, or are being treated, hospitals are stressful places. They’re also usually hot. This means that they’re really rather thirsty places too. Having easy access to cool, fresh drinking water can go a small way towards making things feel better. 

New indoor vandal-proof drinking fountain and bottle refill station with Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospitals brandingThe Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Bottle Refill Stations

The Branded Eco-Dispenser HTHB-1500-42 bottle filler was selected for Guy’s and St Tomas’ because it’s capable of dealing with a high volume of users. It’s easy to use, so no matter how busy or how stressed you might be feeling, you’re not going to be struggling with instructions. It’s extremely low-maintenance, with silver ion anti-microbial coating to keep a high level of hygiene, so brings no further burden to the housekeeping team. And it’s vandal-proof, which means that accidental – or not so-accidental – damage shouldn’t ever keep it from functioning.

MIW’s work with the #OneLess campaign has brought so much satisfaction. It’s absolutely tremendous to be doing something that could make a fundamental difference to the environment and be of benefit to generations to come. When you add in clients like Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospitals, that sense of a good job being well done can’t help but grow.

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Two Lovely New Bottle Fillers for Lewisham

Friday, 12 July 2019 15:12:23 Europe/London

The #OneLess campaign and the London Drinking Fountain Fund roll on, with new bottle fillers hydrating the people of Lewisham!

Ladywell Fields and Beckenham Place Park are the latest locations on the list to benefit from the bid to free London from single-use plastic bottles. Thanks to the London Drinking Fountain Fund, each park has received a new outdoor drinking water fountain and bottle filling station combination. It’s hoped that if fresh drinking water is freely available on site, park users will have less need to bring disposable bottles with them when they visit. Not only will this lead to a reduction of litter in the parks, but it should go a significant way to helping the environment as a whole. Group of people smiling and posing at the new drinking fountain at Ladywell Fields

As it stands, 10% of Thames shoreline litter collected is made up of plastic drink bottles and lids. It’s killing our marine life the world over. With the Ravensbourne River running through both Ladywell Fields and Beckenham Place Park on its way to the Thames, it’s easy to assume that at least some of that debris begins its life in Lewisham. While the council works hard to clean up all litter throughout the borough, prevention is always better than cure. The #OneLess campaign – which MIW has been part of from the off-set – is all about powering that prevention. The consumption of bottled water in the UK has almost doubled over the last 15 years, and yet 65% of UK adults would not buy bottled water if tap water were freely available. So, that’s where MIW and the new bottle fillers come in.

Easy to use for everyone – including wheelchair users – the new drinking fountains donated and installed by MIW provide park visitors with an alternative to shop-bought water in ‘disposable’ bottles. For those who haven’t bought a bottle along with them, there’s a hygienic drinking fountain to use. With in-built anti-microbial protection and hands-free operation, the units will remain clean and safe to use for years to come. For everyone else, there’s a bottle filler with their name on it! 

People smiling and posing at the launch of new outdoor bottle filler in Ladywell Fields.

Both Beckenham Place Park and Ladywell Fields are popular community areas. Families come to play. Adults come to relax, exercise – individually or in groups. For all their apparent serenity, they’re busy places, used by lots of people. If even half those people make use of the drinking fountains rather than buying plastic bottled water, it could make such an impact. And that would make all the effort and investment worthwhile.

The Ladywell Fields installation has already gained the approval of local sports groups, the Good Gym runners and Nordic walkers. They were there for the official opening. Now it’s time to get everyone else on board. Let’s make these drinking fountains a success. Let’s stop making unnecessary waste. Let’s start preserving our waterways and our wildlife. For now, and for the future.

Scotland Continues to Top Up from the Tap

Saturday, 30 March 2019 07:30:00 Europe/London

Scotland Continues to Top Up from the Tap

Scotland is officially one of the wettest places in Europe. Glasgow is fourth on the European city rainfall list. So, when you think of selling water to Scotland, you’d be forgiven for making analogies relating to Eskimos and ice. You might be surprised to learn then, that Scottish Water has recently invested in doing just that! Only, they’re not selling water as such, more the concept and the culture of it…

Working with MIW Water Cooler Experts, Scottish Water has started the installation of 35 new water refill stations across Scotland. In providing free drinking water in selected high-footfall locations across the country, the organisation is promoting a refill culture that everyone can get behind.

Top Up from the Tap in Scotland

From the end of the West Highland Way in Fort William, to the front of Edinburgh’s Parliament Building, where the first installation took place in 2018, Halsey Taylor water refill stations have been appearing. They are weather-proof, vandal-resistant and easy to use. And they’ve been designed for low-maintenance longevity, with in-built strainers for water quality and silver-ion antimicrobial coating for hygiene. Each one has also been customised to display Scottish Water’s messaging, and to track the unit’s usage. The idea is that if enough people use them, reducing the number of single-use 500ml water bottles purchased and discarded in the areas around these refill points, more businesses and organisations will be encouraged to get on board. And the more free drinking water points become available, the more people will use them.

But why should this matter?

Every Little Thing Makes a Small Difference

This is the strapline of Scottish Water’s environmental policy. And it’s a good one, because everyone really can make a difference when it comes to the environment. Particularly the environmental disaster that is waste plastic. And all of these little differences can meld together to create an enormous impact.

Each Scottish household generates more than a tonne of waste every year. Much of it isn’t recycled – even though it could be. If we all start using refillable drinks bottles and topping up from the tap rather than purchasing plastic bottles on the go, it could make a world of difference. Not just in cutting the amount of waste that goes into the environment – which is the key focus just now, and rightly so. But also, in cutting the emissions that are released in plastic’s production. Oh, not to mention cutting the amount of cash coming out of each person’s pocket. It’s a win-win-win situation.

So far, MIW has worked on 10 installations for Scottish Water. We’ve worked closely with our global partner Elkay, who manufacture the Halsey Taylor bottle fillers, ensuring that the project is delivered on budget and on time. And it’s been great to see the enthusiasm with which each bottle filling station has been welcomed by the locals. Now, we can’t wait to get started on the remaining 25 locations that will take us to the highlands and islands, as well as the beautiful mainland. So, get ready to drink your fill Scotland; MIW and Scottish Water are on the way!

Kingston Joins the Refill Revolution with a New Market Place Bottle Filling Station

It’s always nice when we find a client who is as passionate about what we do as we are. And that was the case with Kingston council. On 21st March 2019 we installed a Halsey Taylor bottle filling station in Kingston Town Market Place. And it all came about thanks to years of campaigning by one of the parish councillors; Jon Tolley.

Kingston joins refill revolutionThe majority of MIW’s recent commissions have been inspired by the growing concern over waste plastic. As public engagement has grown, so too has Government and corporate commitment. Organisations up and down the country have been contacting us to find the best public drinking solutions for their particular locations. We’ve worked on single installations for green-minded businesses, and projects that have seen us installing many dozens of drinking fountains and bottle fillers for public institutions. Each of them have been driven to contribute to the global plastic clean-up through the provision of alternatives to single-use drinks bottles.

That was partly the motive of Cllr Tolley too, but he also had other reasons in mind.

“Water fountains not only help reduce unnecessary plastic waste, but also provide clean and readily available drinking water for rough sleepers, cyclists, families, my favourite springer spaniel, and anyone else,” he explained. “After years of campaigning, I’m happy the first of several public water fountains is finally in place.”

And the thing is, he’s not the only one.

Since the Kingston bottle filling station was officially opened to the public on March 22nd 2019 it’s received a lot of interest. Social media engagement is high, but not as high as physical use. Because, as Cllr Tolley said, everyone needs access to water.

It’s not just those of us who need a pep while commuting or shopping who benefit from bottle fillers. They might be saving us pennies, but they could be saving someone else’s life. Because life is hard enough for the homeless without a struggle for water – the one thing that none of us can survive without. And yet most of us somehow forget about this when we see someone sleeping on the street.

As a purported nation of animal lovers, we also need to ensure that facilities are available for our pets when we’re out and about. Especially in the summer months. Then there are the cyclists, joggers and runners. The kids we all want to draw away from fizzy drinks… And the adults too, for that matter, if we’re looking for ways to tackle the ‘obesity crisis’.

There are so many reasons to encourage the drinking of water and to provide access to it as a free service. And that’s even before we get to the global waste plastic problem and the devastation it’s causing to our environment.

At Kingston they’re already taking steps to make sure that everyone can access fresh, clean drinking water whenever they need to. The new Halsey Taylor bottle filling station has been selected for its durability and accessibility. A silver-ion antimicrobial coating ensures that it remains hygienic. An inline strainer makes sure that the water is always at its best. And it is both weather-proof and vandal-resistant so that it can keep on delivering the goods years after year in rain, wind, sleet, snow and sunshine.

With plans afoot to install further drinking fountains throughout the borough, the Kingston Market Place bottle filler is blazing a trail. For the environment. And for the community. Every single member of the community. And at MIW, we’re enormously happy to be a part of that.

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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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.  


London Zoo Is Bottling It

Thursday, 18 May 2017 16:59:45 Europe/London

London Zoo Is Bottling It

Introducing our brand new outdoor vandal proof sports bottle filler.                  

Did you know that in the UK we use approximately 38.5 million plastic bottles per day?    ZSL London Zoo

Think about it for a minute.

That’s 275,000 tonnes of waste plastic every year, and with most families failing to recycle an average of 40kg of plastic annually that’s a whole lot of rubbish littering our beautiful planet. And you know the really scary fact? Most plastics take 500 years to decompose, so your bottle of Evian today could be to future generations what one of Henry VIII’s goblets is to us… Only, you know, less rare, shiny, valuable and historically important.

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Is your gym water cooler letting you down?

Friday, 14 October 2016 14:28:51 Europe/London

Even the swankiest of gyms fall short of they fail to provide their members with the basic amenity of cool and readily available fresh water. What does your water fountain say about your fitness club?

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