All of our secondary schools and some elementary schools have fundraised and installed state-of-the-art combination drinking fountain/water bottle filling stations in an effort to significantly reduce the number of disposable plastic bottle waste in the environment. The system dispenses drinking water at a rate three times faster than a conventional water fountain. Some units also include a high efficiency refrigeration system to chill the water while minimizing electricity, as well as an innovative “Green Ticker” which counts the quantity of bottles saved from landfills. It is estimated that 1,000 – 2,000 disposable water bottles each month will not enter the waste stream as a result of this initiative, which continues to grow and is partly funded by the District Sustainable Schools Initiatives Program.
In 2016/2017, as part of our Water Quality Program, the Delta School District committed to install one combination drinking fountain/water bottle filling station at every school.