NMSU Installs More Bottle Filling Stations

May 30, 2013

  As the desert afternoons begin to heat up, those on the New Mexico State University Las Cruces campus have six new water bottle filling stations to help quench their thirst, with more stations expected by the end of summer.

"We've added two more stations at the Activity Center, two at the Educational Services Center, one in the basement of Milton Hall and one in the basement of Hadley Hall," said David Avalos, NMSU Facilities and Services Plumbing lead. "And, we have many more to come."

Additional stations will be added by the end of the summer on the first floors of Branson and Zuhl Libraries, two at the Aquatic Center, another at Science Hall and one at Gerald Thomas Hall.

NMSU's first bottle filling station was installed in March 2012 at the Activity Center, and according to the digital counter on the machine, has saved more than 89,000 disposable plastic bottles from going to the landfill.

Bottle filling stations have become popular in the U.S., supplying a source of cool, filtered water to fill bottles at a rate of about one gallon per minute, which is much faster than a traditional drinking fountain. Bottle filling stations help to reduce landfill waste, save energy required to produce plastic bottles and also save consumers money they would otherwise spend on bottled water.

"We are thrilled to have our new bottle filling station in Milton Hall," said Denise Welsh, director of instructional media services. "I hope that not only Milton Hall residents, but those nearby come in and refill their water bottles."

Stop by to quench your thirst, but don't forget to bring your own reusable bottle.