February 03, 2020 3 min read

water bottle filling stations for schools

Consideringwater’s positive impacts on brain function and healthy nutrition, especially in children and adolescents, Elkay bottle filling stations have become very popular additions in schools and child-care facilities throughout North America.  

In addition to their scientifically-proven health benefits, these devices also have very compelling environmental and economic benefits.  You've no doubt seen stories on how damaging single-use plastics are to our environment, but the increasing pressure they are putting on our recycling industry is causing a lot of budget issues at the state and local level.

A brief look at the data will convince you that a bottle filling station is a great option for all of these reasons.  However, there are hundreds of choices,and the process of finding the ideal model for your setup can be daunting. 

That's where we come in. 

We’ve compiled a list of popular models best suited for schools and other educational facilities.  In addition to being the most popular models, the stations below are a good sampling of the spectrum of different features and benefits that Elkay offers with their machines. 

This list is definitely not exhaustive, though.  You can see the entire line in our shop.  But these five are a great place to start:

 

  • 1) ENHANCED Bottle Filling Station

  • Elkay’s newest model series, the Enhanced Bottle Filling Station includes new features that improve the experience for both the users and facilities teams. 

    Primary Benefits
    • Increased Energy Savings from smart system that schedules power-off to save on electric bill
    • Easier filter replacement with automatic filter status reset button
    • Monitor Usage & Track Savings with new diagnostics
    • Low energy LED that illuminates during bottle filler to avoid spillage
    Standard Features
    • Sensor-activated bottle fill
    • NSF/ANSI 42 and 53 Certified 3000 Gallon Filter to remove lead, particulate, and chlorine
    • 8 GPH refrigeration
    • Requires electricity
    • Available in a Bi-Level setup for additional ADA accessibility

    2) GREEN Bottle Filling Station

    Made evident through its name, the Green  Bottle Filling Stations series is a favorite for sustainability departments and other eco-conscious groups.  

    Primary Benefits

    • 35% more efficient refrigeration system compared to industry standard  
    • Vandal-resistant options for bubbler and push-bar
    • Green ticker counts number of single-use bottles saved

    Standard Features

    • Filtered and unfiltered options
    • Refrigerated and non-refrigerated options
    • Sensor-activated bottle fill
    • Requires electricity
    • Available in a Bi-Level setup for additional ADA accessibility 

  • 3) VANDAL-RESISTANT Bottle Filling Station

  • Want to protect your bottle filling station's longevity? The Vandal-Resistant Bottle Filling Station series is a model built to resist damage and minimize repair cost.  It is also ideal for some protected outdoor installations (contact us for details).

    Primary Benefits

    • Vandal-resistant bubbler piece and push-button activation
    • Fully stainless steel cabinet
    • Galvanized structural steel cooler for structural integrity
    • Outdoor-rated option
      Standard Features
      • Push-button activated bottle fill (no sensor activation)
      • Filtered and unfiltered options
      • Refrigerated and non-refrigerated options
      • Requires electricity
      • Available in a Bi-Level setup for additional ADA accessibility

      4) IN-WALL Bottle Filling Station

      Arguably the most aesthetically appealing bottle fillers, this model series is a great one to showcase in an area accessible to prospective student tours.  

      Primary Benefits

      • Ideal for tight spaces
      • Retrofit options available for existing Swirlflo and Soft Side models  
        Standard features
        • Sensor-activated bottle fill
        • Filtered and unfiltered options  
        • Refrigerated and non-refrigerated options
        • Requires electricity

      • 5) SURFACE MOUNT Bottle Filling Station
      • Probably the most versatile of bottle filling stations, the surface mount series has models for almost any type of setup.

        Primary Benefits

        • Could provide opportunity to retrofit existing bi-level station
        • No electricity required with battery and mechanically operated models 
        • Smaller investment
          Standard Features
          • Sensor-activated OR push-button activated bottle fill
          • Filtered and unfiltered options  
          • Utilizes your existing refrigeration (if applicable)
          Pricing Range
          $519.00 - $775.00