Bottle filling stations: a convenient drinking water solution

July 29, 2015

Whether they’re motivated by concern for their own health or the environment (or both), many people are carrying reusable water bottles these days. You could refill your water bottle at a drinking fountain, but drinking fountains weren’t designed for this purpose. Elkay®, which has been manufacturing drinking fountains in the USA since the 1960s, introduced the ezH2O® bottle filling station in 2010 in response to consumer demand for drinking water and the growing concern regarding the environmental impact of bottled water. ezH2O also allows you to refill your bottle more quickly. ezH2O can fill a 16-ounce bottle in about five seconds; traditional fountains need at least 20 seconds.

Today’s automatic bottle filling stations are a convenient, energy-efficient solution for offering drinking water while saving energy and reducing maintenance costs.

Health Benefits

Drinking water is essential to overall health and wellness for people of all ages. Water regulates body temperature, provides lubrication for joints, helps blood flow, regulates blood pressure and evens aides in keeping skin elasticity. Nearly every cell in a body requires water to function properly.

An average adult needs to drink approximately 48 ounces (equivalent of six – 8-ounce glasses of water) per day. A lack of proper hydration can cause many health issues, including debilitating digestion, liver and kidney issues and dehydration. More people are aware of this important element of maintaining their health – so offering convenient access to drinking water has never been more important for today’s public facilities.

Energy Efficient

ezH2O® bottle filling stations from Elkay® have a programmable setting to turn off the refrigeration portion for the unit when the facility is not in use. This setting allows water to continue to be dispensed, even though the refrigeration portion of the unit will be powered off, allowing buildings to cut the energy usage of the bottle filling station. The station’s built-in messaging system lets users know how many 20 oz. water bottles have been saved by the station’s usage.

Efficiency and Convenience

One of the ezH2O’s latest innovations is a filter monitor that automatically resets when you change the filter. This simplifies filter maintenance for your facilities team by saving them several steps and about 15 minutes of system reset time, whenever they change a filter.

These modern bottle filling stations also have advanced self-diagnostic features built in, and offer customized message displays. For instance, if a unit needs service, sensors detect the issue and send an alert message to the screen on the front of the unit to provide the maintenance staff a visual indicator. And the sooner someone is alerted to an issue, the sooner that issue can be addressed. Less down time for the units will result in a better experience for the end users and fewer phone calls to the facility manager with complaints.

Electronic sensors on ezH2O bottle filling stations offer touchless sanitary operations with an automatic 20-second shut-off timer, ensuring that water is not wasted.

The new ezH2O filling stations also feature a smooth, ‘laminar’ flow with a recessed opening that provides a clean fill and minimizes splash. They dispense water three times faster than a standard drinking fountain. An optional accessory can also be purchased that allows for monitoring multiple ezH2O bottle filling stations from a central location providing facilities management teams’ additional convenience and efficiency.


Some ezH2O bottle filling stations models can be surface-mounted, for use in locations with limited wall depth. ezH2O can also be used in conjunction with an existing fountain or remote chiller. Filling stations are ideal for high-traffic applications with full stainless steel construction that is durable, and easy to keep clean.

The energy- and maintenance-saving improvements in Elkay’s ‘next generation’ ezH2O bottle filling stations are valuable for maintenance teams, and offer added value for architects, building owners and operators who want to offer modern amenities while realizing the kinds of operating energy-efficiencies that define today’s leading edge low-waste facilities. Please visit Elkay.com/ezH2O to learn more.

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