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LONDON - Our needs have changed since the inception of
drinking fountains. With the environmental
benefits for reusing water bottles, our water
fountains shouldn’t hinder the process for refilling.
There needs to be change.
• 60 billion single-use drink containers were
purchased in 2006, and 3 out of 4 were
thrown out directly after use.
• Plastic bottles are among the most prevalent
source of pollution found on our beaches.
current fountains - Many traditional drinking fountains don’t provide an effective way to refill reusable containers. Frequently, it requires the bottle to be at such an angle that it is impossible to fill the container to the top. The water also comes out at a much slower rate than desired. This can be frustrating for people trying to make a difference, because people are going to be even more resistant to change when it’s an inconvenience.
drawings - This unique form allows for easy operation of refilling containers as well as traditional drinking fountain
usage. One button for both operations - push till the first click for traditional use (1), and then press further
for container filling (2). The flow for the container filling is much faster to allow for quick fill ups of larger
containers. The grill surface and tapered ribs & spars (3) minimize splash during operation while also
serving as a drain.
in the park - Using the fountain should be an exploration, I want people to be curious and explore
what the fountain can do, instead of instructions for something that seems almost intuitive.
in use - This can be a stand alone station or embedded into a wall. Design complies with all ADA drinking fountain requirements. Other uses would include ability to wash hands and an optional accessory for unused water to trickle into a bowl for dogs.
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Alex Rekas
DESIGNER Washington, DC