Last March (2017) Apple Plumbing installed this Elkay water cooler with bottle filler at The Hill Family Y in Westminster. Members can fill their personal water bottles with cool filtered water saving our landfill from discarded plastic water bottles. The water cooler is located just outside the workout room and gets constant use. Take a look at how many water bottles the members at The Hill Family Y have saved in the last year with this water cooler. Well over 50,000!
I did a little research and discovered that the Hill Family Y members saved over 29 barrels of oil that would have been used to make those 53,547 plastic bottles. The Pacific Institute estimates that a ½ liter plastic bottle has a carbon footprint of 3 oz. That means the members of The Hill Family Y have prevented 10,040 lbs. of carbon from entering our atmosphere.
That’s 5 tons folks!!
In addition, it is estimated that in the good ole U S of A, it takes 1.39 gallons of water to produce 1 gallon of bottled water. The .39 gallons go down a drain. That means in the last year the Hill Family Y has saved roughly 2,767 gallons of water by using the bottle filler on this water cooler.
Way to go Hill Family YMCA !