There were two main challenges with this project. The first being to identify the necessary equipment. In 2017, the demand for outdoor bottle fillers for large scale public use was relatively small in the UK. Consequently, the range of equipment available to meet ZSL London Zoo’s requirements was limited. Through collaboration with MIW’s global partner Elkay, the team were able to source and install one of the UK’s first Halsey Taylor Endura range bottle refill stations. These have since gone on to become one of the most popular outdoor drinking fountain ranges available. Made from heavy gauge stainless steel and e-coated for additional protection, the units are incredibly hard-wearing. The hands-free operation both reduces the opportunity for vandalism and makes the bottle fillers extremely easy to use. They are wheelchair accessible. And WRAS (Water Regulations Advisory Scheme) approved specifically to appeal to a UK audience, the refill stations are guaranteed to comply with all health and safety standards.
The second challenge was to install the units with minimal disruption to both the public and the zoo’s residents. Locations were identified that would expose the bottle refill stations to the greatest amount of potential use, but would not be a threat to the animal’s wellbeing. Working out of hours and with guidance from MIW the zoo’s Project Management Team were able to organise an installation schedule that caused the least possible disturbance to all concerned.