Drinking fountain economics:

Needing more convenient drinking water the city of Melbourne was the first to claim that its people had access to a public drinking fountain on every street. Melbourne has is one of only 5 cities in the world that have such clean drinking water due to the water catchment areas being protected. After people grew sick of using plastic bottles claiming they where to expensive, the bottles are a single use item designed to be throw away after one use, before the bottles chemicals breakdown and are ingested. Needing to drink at least 2 liters of water a day if half came from bottled water this would cost $1456 at a reasonable price of $2 a bottle.

The alterative to bottled water soon hit the streets with a newly design drinking fountain that made it easy to drink from, and fill up bottles. Before drinking fountains where scatted around the city outside the main shopping complexes in Bourke street, or in places that where had to find and you end up walking past them unnoticeably. They only place that seem sufficient where the parks, though with most of them not working it was disheartening.

The 14 different models are sold to councils and cities all across the world with the first instalment given free to councils on the condition they are placed within the same proximities to each other so people can from a central hub of fountains. The colours are changeable to fit in with councils colour themes and there is room within the design for local council’s logos.

After these drinking hubs begin to form in communities less bottled water was being consumed. In poorer communities people would monitor their public infrastructure to ensure it wasn’t damaged, the councils had to money to repair them when they are damaged we can’t go without water so we look after them and fix them ourselves.

How is it that councils receive free drinking fountains, once they are manufactured in China they are shipped to their new cities worldwide, on the condition they are installed in public places that can be utilised by their people. They are placed within easy walking distance to offer more connivance. Replacement parts can easily be ordered and installed.

One Melbournian remember times in her youth of using these drinking fountains, at school there where a number of places to drink from we never bothered lugging around heavy water bottles all day as when we needed a drink we simply walked up to them.

No one has gotten sick from these drinking fountains, they are cleaned and maintained by the council regularly you often see the maintenance workers about doing their jobs. A real ownership has started to occur. Some people in lower social economic environments rely on these fountains to drink form as they can’t afford bottled water taps inside toilets are often not safe to drink from so they have little choice.

The initial success came from more people utilising their public infrastructure this encouraged local councils to buy more of these fountains. The design is easy to find, can be sue by children, adults and those with disabilities and in wheelchairs. In buying them they are also contributing to other councils as with every order purchased free drinking fountains go on to other councils all around the world.  These fountains are really common goods that belong to everyone, when I go travelling overseas I can easily find them as they look similar and they have treated water inside so you don’t get sick. In many countries tap water is unsafe these areas have many people line up to use them. In China where they drink more hot water than cold, there are special heated drinking fountains for filling up bottles.

Business took a few years to develop as we couldn’t just give them all away and it took awhile for councils to add to their collection, we started off in Australia and it soon spread to other countries. Now there is high demand for our products with many people worldwide employed to manufacture, maintain and care for them. It is exciting to walk around a city and see every one using them, and it has helped to reduce the waste created by bottled water, and people are now using their local water again.


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