The fact that many of the outdoor drinking fountains would be installed in coastal locations, prompted MIW to recommend the Elkay EZH20 4400 Drinking Fountain for the project. Created from marine grade stainless steel, these bottle fillers can withstand exposure to the damp, salty air without any negative effects. The powder-coated finish further protects the body of the water dispenser from rust and corrosion. And the MIW team enhanced this protection with the application of an impermeable weather-resistant lacquer once they had hand-finished the bespoke paintwork.
As well as being weather resistant, the Elkay EZH20 has a solid, vandal resistant build. And as with all of the mains fed water coolers supplied by MIW, the unit is WRAS approved, meaning that it is guaranteed to comply with all UK water authority guidelines. Push button activation means that it’s easy to use, and the unit requires very little maintenance. Helpfully, it is also connected to the new Elkay direct ground burry adapter, which can reduce installation time by as much as 80%. This can make a real difference for companies looking to install their own equipment, or to use third-party fitters.
Because it was integral to the project that the outdoor drinking fountains be accessible year-round, the MIW team recommended that they be customised with an upgraded freeze resistant core lining and additional insulation. And this was managed before dispatch to Wessex Water.