ASTEL LIFESTYLE | Drinking Water Fountain Solutions for Public Parks, Businesses, and Cities
- June 13, 2019
- Drinking Water Fountain Solutions
Let’s face it, for as long as humans have lived we’ve needed water to survive and thrive. It’s the reason we started our most advanced civilizations near rivers in ancient times, and throughout the centuries we were able to harness the power of water and bring into our very own homes. Eventually we realized that, well, water was an essential human right and decided to bring it to our public parks, our businesses, and our private organizations. Everywhere you are and everywhere you go in the United States there is a good to fair chance you’ll run into some kind of access to a water dispenser.
ASTEL drinking water fountains have become part of the goal to overcome our need for available, clean water around the world. In a city, sealed in concrete, water connects us with nature, engages our senses, and physically connects us with a place. Free water sources in public spaces, historically provided by philanthropists, business men and women, or cities themselves, were one of the major progressive steps forward for civilization. These fountains helped us prevent dangerous cholera outbreaks, bringing water closer to the homes of the poor, and reducing reliance on alcohol, which was traditionally much safer to drink than filthy river water.
With a new set of health challenges rising every day, drinking fountains are still an extremely important element of any healthy living, training, or work space. Free, clean drinking water provided in public places provides an alternative to sugary sodas that seemingly disrupt our diets and every day healthy lifestyles. ASTEL drinking water fountains also heavily reduce our dependency on environmentally degrading plastic bottles for water and sodas (millions of which are thrown away every year), and save people money: according to the Pacific Institute, “total consumer expenditures for bottled water are approximately $100 billion per year.” Now, we know we can’t help everyone, but we’d like to try and help as many people around the world receive the same comforts we’re able to take advantage of in the United States.
Drinking fountains (also known, in regional variations, as water fountains or water bubblers) are a key indicator of the relationship between people and place. Accommodating and including all of a city’s users, including children, the homeless, tourists, dogs, and daily commuters, can be measured by provision and maintenance of amenities such as the humble drinking fountain.
The mere act of providing a drinking fountain in the first place is a major step in the right direction. But for those seeking to go above and beyond in the observation or installation of drinking fountains, their greatness can be roughly expressed in the following terms:
Drinking Fountain Aesthetics (beauty, uniqueness, color, maintenance)
Water Taste (delicious vs. disgusting)
Water Temperature (too hot, too cold, just right)
Water Flow (dribbley, hits you in the face, pleasing arc)
Drinking Fountain Functionality (drainage, relationship with context, placement)
Drinking Fountain Ergonomic Comfort (buttons, pedals, height, texture)
How Inclusive is your Drinking Water Fountain? (public, ADA-accessible, reachable by kids, dog bowl).