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Drinking Fountain Retrofit for Refilling Water Bottles | Refill Station | New Invention - EZ H20

Updated on November 13, 2014

New Bubbler - Product That Eliminates Plastic Water Bottles

"Americans spent more money last year on bottled water than on ipods or movie tickets: $15 Billion."1  As a personal trainer, I encourage my clients to consume water. In fact many of my first time clients have severe leg and foot cramps from trying to exercise without sufficient hydration. But the convenience of grabbing that bottled water has created a menace for our environment. The challenge - how to stay hydrated? Technology and innovation to the rescue - look at the new drinking fountains - there are even retrofits.

And here are a couple of important facts from our friends in Australia:

"• Over 400,000 barrels of oil is used per year in Australia to manufacture the plastic to make the bottles
• Out of all plastic bottles only about 30% are recycled
• Tap water costs 1 cent per litre compared to bottled water which costs $2.53 per litre
• It takes seven litres of water to make a one litre water bottle
• There are 200 billion litres of bottled water consumed worldwide with an estimate of $100 billion dollars"2

Great New Invention - Filling Station for Reusable Water

The solution - a retrofit kit for the automatic sensor to fill your reusable water bottle
The solution - a retrofit kit for the automatic sensor to fill your reusable water bottle

$15 Billion Wasteland Menace - The Plastic Bottle

photo of blue plastic bottle
photo of blue plastic bottle
photo of millions of plastic bottles
photo of millions of plastic bottles


"Take the chlorine out for the sake of taste, take the lead out for the sake of safety, enjoy the real taste of water."

I Count for My Earth - University Loyola MaryMount California

11th Annual Topanga Earth Day Saturday, April 17, from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., through Sunday, April 18, from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

"It’s a 90 percent waste-free non-profit event (wow!) and will unify people from around the world in celebration and promotion of ecological awareness, cultural respect and music. Set in Topanga Canyon, Los Angeles’ original conscious-living community, the festival will give attendees the unique opportunity to learn about a variety of sustainable and holistic-living solutions through guest speakers and workshops, a healing village and ecological vendors who are “living by example” including Klean Kanteen founder Robert Seals."

Resuable Plastic Water Bottles Now Possible

The water coolers, "bubblers" or drinking fountains - whatever you choose to call them - this is a great new invention. And the website exclaims that these units even fill faster! For those at my health club waiting patiently in line to fill their reusable water bottles - this new drinking fountain appropriately labelled EZ H2O is a personal trainer's delight. This is a new item every health club, every school must install!

Benefits Beyond the Land Fill

This new innovation gives benefits beyond just not filling up the land fill. These state of the art water coolers also deliver filtered water that removes chlorine and provides critical lead reduction.

Recently I learned that Elkay - the same company that innovated this cooler also was the brains behind developing a water filter that filters out lead.

Lead in Your Drinking Water

Many homes, even homes with copper plumbing have lead in their water due to the lead joints in the copper plumbing. Some water services are actual lead pipes. And the plastic piping is not recommended because plastic harbor bacteria. Copper is a natural anti-microbial so the old time plumbers who adamantly extolled the benefits of copper were right! Science has proven the validity that copper is kind to the human body!

Always Run Tap Water Before Drinking

When taking a drink from a drinking fountain or tap water, it is critical to have fresh cold water. The water sitting in the pipes is a breeding ground for bacteria. Let the water run a few minutes. The health of your body depends upon it!

Never Let Your Children's Mouth/Face Touch the Fountain

Children are often exuberant in everything that they do - to this end, it is important to train our young ones (and your teenagers too!) not to allow their mouth or any part of their face to touch the fountain. The drinking fountains are designed for this safety - use the bubbler correctly.

Deadly Triangle - Eyes, Mouth and Nose

Dr. Oz recently mentioned the "deadly triangle" - which is our eyes, mouth and nose. Bacteria love and often thrive and not just survive in water.

Be especially careful with your eyes, mouth and nose - that is the most susceptible place for bacteria to enter.

And while not all bacteria is bad, if we reduce exposure - we can reduce or prevent illness.

Why Retrofit A Cooler/Drinking Fountain

To some the natural thought is to install a sink to fill the reusable water bottles. Yet, many sinks do not offer the filter. The EZH20 Cooler Kit includes the lead reduction filter. Take the chlorine out for taste, take the lead out for safety, enjoy the real taste of water.

Health Clubs & Schools Needs the EZH20 Cooler Kit - Drinking Fountains

Help save the environment, help your health club clients stay hydrated, help your school children, ask today about the retrofit kits for the coolers to provide cool, fresh, filtered water with reusable water bottles today!

Phasing Out Bottled Water - United States and Canadian Cities

University Seeks to Change Paradigm of Tap Water

Oceans and Plastic Bottles

The Story of Bottled Water 2010

"Bubbler" AKA Drinking Fountain - Cooler - Current usage of term

The term "bubbler" is still "used in several regional dialects of the United States, originating in eastern Wisconsin and remaining well-known throughout the state. The term is widely used in Australia. Oregon is also known to be quite familiar with the term, specifically in the PortlandSimon Benson installed 20 fountains, which are now known in the Portland area as "Benson Bubblers". It also also commonly used in New England, especially the state of Rhode Island."3

Interestingly, when I grew up in Illinois the only term I knew was "drinking fountain". I heard "bubbler" when I attended Marquette University and laughed. The laugh was actually on me - Wisconsin invented the bubbler! I was the one not in the know!



Health Clubs & Schools Needs the EZH20 Cooler Kit - Drinking Fountains

Help save the environment, help your health club clients stay hydrated, help your school children, ask today about the retrofit kits for the coolers to provide cool, fresh, filtered water with reusable water bottles today!

The Cooler retrofit kit from Elkay is a great green addition to health clubs and schools. A great way to protect our environment and add great tasting water without chlorine and with reduced lead.

Health Club Clients Will Give You Kudos

As a manager of your health club, membership retention is key. Show your members you care about them with the simple retrofit. The benefits:

  • Filters Out Chlorine for Better Taste
  • Reduces Lead for Greater Safety
  • Refills Reusable Water Bottle With One Hand
  • Faster Filling Time for Greater Convenience - Less Lines

Kick the Water Bottle Habit Today - Refill and Reuse

Kick the water bottle habit today - refill and reuse and fill up at the EZH20 Cooler - fast and simple!

What Term Do You Use for Obtaining Cool Fresh Water?

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Notes of Appreciation

Statistics on Plastic Bottles

1- Message in a Bottle

2- Say no to Plastic Water Bottles

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Photos on Plastic Bottles

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Photos of Plastic bottles courtesy of

© 2010 Ken Kline


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    • CelebrateUSA profile imageAUTHOR

      Ken Kline 

      5 years ago from Chicago, Illinois


      Wow! I didn't know that about North Texas - it only makes sense - hot and humid and Texas is so large.

      You are recycling and being kind to the environment. Keep up the great work!

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      Peg Cole 

      5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hello GmaGoldie,

      I heard on the news last night that North Texas has the highest consumption of water in the World! Amazing to think about. When considering plastic water bottles, that would make our contribution to the landfills excessive as well. Your information in this hub is important and useful. Now that I've started collecting my plastic and taking it to the recycling, I'm amazed at the reduction of trips to the curbside trash bin! Between that and the composter it is incredible how much less trash we are generating. Thanks for the great post.

    • Granny's House profile image

      Granny's House 

      8 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      I hate plastic. it does not go away. Great hub. rated up

    • GmaGoldie profile image

      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      8 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Dolores Monet,

      You are so right! It is hardship for recycling and for the check book. Very wasteful. And the health benefits of drinking from plastic concern me. Thank you for sharing.

    • Dolores Monet profile image

      Dolores Monet 

      8 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Goldie - I've always wondered about the plastic water bottles. I know people who keep cases of those plastic bottles and it seems like such a waste.

    • GmaGoldie profile image

      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      8 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin


      It is shocking and that simple metal container may be better for you too! Even beyond the effects upon your wallet!

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      Mark Moller 

      8 years ago

      Isn't is shocking about the amount of waste? I use a metal container that I carry around with me always.

    • GmaGoldie profile image

      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      8 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin


      As a heart patient, I greatly appreciate knowing about too much water - washing out vitamins - thank you very much! Thank you for stopping by.

    • Marisa Wright profile image

      Kate Swanson 

      8 years ago from Sydney

      Great Hub - and I agree with Lynda - in daily life, there is absolutely no need for anyone to carry a bottle of water around.

      Being well hydrated is important, but it is possible to drink too much water - you'll start washing out vitamins, and if you have an undiagnosed heart problem, you could be doing yourself harm if you drink more than 2 litres a day of fluid from ANY source (not just water). I easily manage 2 litres daily without guzzling water all day long!

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      Ann Nonymous 

      8 years ago from Virginia

      Very interesting indeed goldie. But Oops I am drinking out of a plastic bottle as I type! Thanks for a great hub!

    • dahoglund profile image

      Don A. Hoglund 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I never saw the point in bottled water although I have occasionally bought it to take in the car to avoid spills

    • askjanbrass profile image


      8 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Great! I've never really seen this issue approached from the fitness side. Usually people talk about reducing consumption of bottled water due to the negative environmental consequences. Glad to see the two worlds share a common interest and overlap.

    • lmmartin profile image


      8 years ago from Alberta and Florida

      Interesting. I grew up at a time and in a place where people didn't find it necessary to carry a personal supply of water everywhere they went, and comforted themselves knowing drinking fountains, or a drink of water were easily found. When did the human body become so fragile it couldn't last between watering stations? And if one was traveling into the great beyond, far from water sources -- there was always the old canteen. I don't mean to sound sarcastic -- but when did we evolve this behaviour?

    • billyaustindillon profile image


      8 years ago

      Great article - I use steel bottles - each one of my family does - tastes so much better also.


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