In the war against plastic pollution, an old weapon is being recycled: the water fountain.
On Saturday, Miami City Commissioner Ken Russell and VolunteerCleanup.org unveiled a fountain, now dubbed a “water bottle refill station” at Margaret Pace Park near downtown. The fountain, outfitted with signs including information about bottle pollution, is intended to serve double duty as a source and a message.
“It’s similar to Citibike, but for water!” VolunteerCleanup.org executive director Dara Schoenwald said in an email.
The $3,850 cost was paid for by a grant from the Miami Foundation’s Miami Public Space Challenge, which has now morphed into a bigger project: a partnership with Woosh Water, an Israeli water tech company, to install 25 stations in Miami Beach beginning in the fall, Schoenwald said.
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“I wanted to do something about all of the plastic waste we were finding on the shoreline,” she said, pointing out that the popular bayside park provides a perfect launching point.
The fountain is handicap accessible and equipped with two faucets for refilling bottles. And, of course, a hard-to-miss message.