Health

Public drinking facility takes on a creative, decorative edge

A progressive  public drinking water refill package from Australian company Arrow Alpha has been chosen by Sydney’s Leichhardt Council as part of its initiative to refurbish an important retail/cafe strip of this esteemed inner city sector of Sydney.

Council’s 2009/10 Main Street Improvement programme under current Mayor, Mr Jamie Parker, sees Arrow Alpha providing its‘ aquafil’ water refill station.

While Arrow Alpha is fast gaining recognition as a strong force in encouraging community water refill stations, this specific aquafil unit also shows how versatile the system can be as an aesthetic showpiece to display and reinforce the cultural history of an area.

Located on the corner of Marion and Edith Streets, this aquafil refill station has a striking facade featuring an intricate mosaic.

It acts not only as a stylised site-marker but also a showpiece community item to visually link its locale to the Italian culture that put Leichhardt firmly on the international tourist map; much like the suburb of Carlton achieves in Melbourne.

Arrow Alpha says this aspect of its refill stations is taking on a new level of importance because councils, school bodies as well as private companies and business parks can utilise aquafil’s panels for branding, marketing and decorative purposes.

Arrow Alpha is also a supplier of Australian-Standard-approved bike racks that meet modern day demand of Australian residents demand for carbon footprint reduction.

With a firm push by councillors in many areas of Sydney – particularly in central zones – to increase and integrate bicycle tracks for cleaner travel and better general health of the population, the concept of the water refill station is gaining momentum as a solution to not just provide convenient stops for drinking water but to also reduce the level of empty bottles being discarded into waste streams and on the streets.

Arrow Alpha’s water refill station in Leichhardt has been installed as part of a greater works project that includes bike racks, decorative lighting, more spacious and updated paving and tree preservation orders.

Another aquafil water refill station is being introduced in the nearby Annandale Shopping village.

Able to be tailored for the end user, aquafil is a sustainable amenity that alleviates poor hygiene problems that plagued traditional water fountains in decades past.
It has capacity for promotional space (ideal for councils and public works) and eliminates general waste issues by encouraging people to refill bottles through multiple purpose-specific refill nozzles, rather than buying throw-away bottled water.

aquafil water fountain’s bottle refill points have anti-bacterial nozzles. Wheelchair accessibility is a standard, signage facilities prominent; they have optional sub–floor drainage, and the choice of filtered water configuration if desired.

Bottle refill points are nominally positioned on the sides of these units – made of silver impregnated plastic and stainless steel to eliminate any threat of bacteria. Germ potential was one of the main reasons that traditional drinking fountains disappeared from the public landscape.

aquafil units also combat another primary reason why drinking fountains have had a long absence from parks and streets – vandalism. Anti-vandal nozzles and buttons are a feature of the product line.

Because the units comprise highly visual modular panels, it ensures space for colourful branding or promotional activity and this is well received by councils, transport authorities, shopping centre management and general businesses which can utilise this aspect of design to publicise messages on a 24/7 basis.

Arrow Alpha Industries has designed the aquafil drinking fountain and water refill unit to be maintained very easily by using off-the-shelf components.

Sugary drinks to be phased out in ACT Schools

February 21, 2013

aquafil water refill stations are now been installed in public schools across ACT.

Hawker College, Alfred Deakin High School, Campbell High School, Namadgi School and Ngunnawal Primary School students will all receive re-useable water bottles in an effort to encourage them to use the aquafil water refill stations to fill up in a joint initiative by the ACT Education and Training and Health Directorates.

ACT Government Press Release …

August 27, 2012
ACT News

Soft drinks, fruit juice and flavoured milk will be phased out of ACT primary  schools within five years if they ACT Government is re-elected in October.

Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has announced a $500,000 fund to install water  bottle refill stations and supply reusable bottles to government and  non-government primary schools, high schools and colleges.

Schools that apply for one of the machines will have to agree to phase out  the sale of sugary drinks from canteens and vending machines.

Ms Gallagher said the aim was to tackle rising obesity rates among children  by phasing out the sale of all sugary drinks in Canberra primary schools by  2017.

“We already know that in the last four years we’ve seen increases in  childhood obesity rates and in children who are overweight,” she said.

“One of the causes of that, without any doubt, is access to sugary drinks and  consumption of sugary drinks.

“We need to make water the drink of choice again for children.”

Read more from Canberra Times…

aquafil Water Refill Stations and Drinking Fountains

Water is essential for healthy living and is crucial for sporting, mental and academic performances. Tap water represents value for money as it’s cheaper for the community than buying bottled water or other soft drinks.

The aquafil range of Water Bottle Refill Stations and Drinking Fountains serve as a dynamic educational tool in the fight to reduce plastic waste and conserve precious resources. Full colour graphics are available on most of the aquafil range and are a valuable educational tool in helping promote a sustainable way of living and encouraging a healthy lifestyle.

Yarra Valley Water installs aquafil water Refill Stations

Yarra Valley Water is working with local councils and organisations to install aquafil water refill stations in community recreation areas.

In an effort to increase health and environmental awareness within the community about the benefits of tap water, Yarra Valley Water has launched the “Choose Tap” campaign.  Hawthorn Football Club star Sam Mitchell unveilled the aquafil water refill station at Lillydale Lake.

The “Choose Tap” campaign promotes the health benefits of drinking tap water as a positvie alternative to bottled water.  With Australians spending more than $500 million annually on plastic bottled water the benefits of changing to tap water are huge. Not only is it good for the environment, it also saves us money.

The aquafil™ range of Water Bottle Refill Stations and Drinking Fountains  serve as a dynamic  educational tool in the fight to reduce plastic waste and conserve precious resources. Full colour graphics are available on most of the aquafil™ range and are  valuable in helping promote a sustainable way of living and encouraging a healthy lifestyle.

Read more from Yarra Valley Water…

Food Week Visitors First to Try New Water Bottle Re-filling Station

Visitors to Orange for FOOD Week will be among the first to try Orange City Council’s new water bottle filling station in Summer Street.

Orange City Councillor Reg Kidd is a keen supporter of the project.

“Thousands of travellers will be in Orange over the next ten days and I’m delighted the station will be installed and ready for them to use,” Cr Reg Kidd said.

Read more from Orange City Council…

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