Working with the company’s global partner, Elkay, MIW Water Cooler Experts was able to identify, commission and supply 100 drinking fountains that met the designated Thames Water/GLA requirements. Specialists in WRAS-approved (Water Regulation Advisory Scheme) equipment, MIW had little trouble ensuring that the units were fully compliant with strict water authority guidelines, as advised by Thames Water’s Technical Division.
The MIW team worked closely with Thame Water’s Water Regulation Team and project managers in order to fully understand equipment and site requirements and offer advice on any necessary upgrades to ensure the longevity of the units being installed.
The greatest challenged posed by the “Drinking Fountains for London” project was the customisation of the 100 drinking fountains to be installed across London. This element was essential to the GLA/Thames Water brief and included the acquisition of specialist paint coverings and the hand-painting of each individual unit, as part of MIW’s quality control the team worked to a 0.25mm tolerance on each painted wave design. To ensure an identical finish, paint RAL codes were laser scanned, simultaneously future-proofing the units against any potential damage. Should any damage now occur, the drinking fountains can be easily and seamlessly repaired without marring the aesthetics and branding. As well as the intricate hand-painting, vinyl was also applied using laser guidance, to guarantee pin-point accuracy and continuity. To ensure the expected finish, MIW also engineered, project managed and fitted the marine-grade stainless steel droplet which sits on top of every “Drinking Fountains for London” refill station.