|WaterFillz kiosks are located in all academic buildings on campus. The kiosks provide fresh, free, filtered water to students, faculty and staff who bring their bottles to the stations for fill-up.
Installation of the units was made possible by a partnership between the Okanagan Sustainability Office, Facilities Management and UBC Students' Union Okanagan.
The WaterFillz kiosks help reduce plastic bottle waste generated on campus, with digital counters that track the number of plastic bottles reduced. The units, which purify and cool the water, use only 12 watts of electricity in their ultraviolet purification stage. When the custom-designed refrigeration unit is running to cool the water to 38 degrees F, it only requires 46 watts of power versus vending machines that can draw over 1500 watts of power.
Campus stormwater is piped into a retention pond located on campus, diverting water from the City of Kelowna's stormwater system. The sustainable management of the campus' stormwater is an ongoing project which seeks to reduce the dependence on the City's water system. Currently 25 per cent of the paving on campus is pervious, with plans to increase campus perviousness.
Last reviewed 12/20/2013 2:23:07 PM