Category Archives: Drinking fountain

Bottled water ban

Bottled water ban ‘stupid’

Below is a few paragraphs from the article from the 10th October 2011 about the VCA part of the University of Melbourne banning the selling of bottled water on campus and installing more drinking fountains the free access to water.

“Last week, the VCA announced it would stop selling bottled water at its Southbank campus in a bid to reduce its environmental footprint. The university has installed 10 new drinking fountains instead.

The Australasian Bottled Water Institute’s chief executive, Geoff Parker, said the ban would not only create a ”nanny campus” but questioned the environmental benefits of the decision.

”If they are serious about reducing their environmental footprint, they probably need to ban soft drinks and coffee and just about every other commercial beverage other than bottled water, which has one of the lowest environmental footprints of any beverage,” Mr Parker said.”


Its me :)

Design Droplets wanted to do a small write up on some recent graduates and their work come and have a read and look at a few photos. Here is the link enjoy getting to know a bit more about my work and a bit more about me. I would like to thank Raph again for having me.


A new drinking fountain

A new drinking fountain

Remember the days when you could get a drink from a water fountain–in the park, or on a street corner or at the library? Now they all seem to have disappeared: is it vandalism? health and safety? cut-backs? Well one water fountain has come back: just opened in Hyde Park, it’s the first in the park for 30 years. Funded by a private developer, it’s already a hit with children who think it is a huge novelty.

And in another strike against bottled water, a private water company is going to install water machines in some public places. Thirsty people will be able to fill their own container with water for 20 pence (¢30) or buy a reusable bottle on the spot.

In schools

This seems to be the new angle for schools, instead of the standard drinking trough fountains, which I remember from my schools.

Many schools still have antiquated drinking troughs that fail to attract students to drink water.

One of the first issues schools can address is how to make the act of drinking water as attractive as possible to their students. If students are well hydrated they think and operate better in the classroom, and at school in general.

Many schools are now considering an alternative to the drinking trough – a water drinking unit that is eye-catching, water-efficient, low maintenance, hygienic as well as vandal and graffiti resistant. Students want a drinking fountain that is clean, funky and a pleasure to drink from.

The aquabubbler has been developed over the last five years in consultation with schools. We believe the aquabubbler addresses the key concerns for schools – a drinking fountain that is stylish, water efficient, low maintenance, hygienic as well as vandal and graffiti resistant.

ADA Guidelines for Drinking Fountains in America

Guidelines for America:

These are the drinking fountain requirements for ADAAG Accessibility Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities.

New standards are being issued under the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) according updated guidelines previously issued by the Board.  Several different agencies are responsible for updating these standards, and action is still pending in some cases.  This page explains which standards are in effect at this time according to facility type.  Direct links to the standards and related information are included.

Figure 27a
Drinking Fountains and Water Coolers – Spout Height and Knee Clearance

In addition to clearances discussed in the text, the following knee clearance is required underneath the fountain: 27 inches (685 mm) minimum from the floor to the underside of the fountain which extends 8 inches (205 mm) minimum measured from the front edge underneath the fountain back towards the wall; if a minimum 9 inches (230 mm) of toe clearance is provided, a maximum of 6 inches (150 mm) of the 48 inches (1220 mm) of clear floor space required at the fixture may extend into the toe space. (4.15.2, 4.15.5)

Figure 27c
Drinking Fountains and Water Coolers – Free-Standing Fountain or Cooler

4.15 Drinking Fountains and Water Coolers.

4.15.1Minimum Number. Drinking fountains or water coolers required to be accessible by 4.1 shall comply with 4.15.

4.15.2* Spout Height. Spouts shall be no higher than 36 in (915 mm), measured from the floor or ground surfaces to the spout outlet (see Fig. 27(a)). Appendix Note

4.15.3 Spout Location. The spouts of drinking fountains and water coolers shall be at the front of the unit and shall direct the water flow in a trajectory that is parallel or nearly parallel to the front of the unit. The spout shall provide a flow of water at least 4 in (100 mm) high so as to allow the insertion of a cup or glass under the flow of water. On an accessible drinking fountain with a round or oval bowl, the spout must be positioned so the flow of water is within 3 in (75 mm) of the front edge of the fountain.

4.15.4 Controls. Controls shall comply with 4.27.4. Unit controls shall be front mounted or side mounted near the front edge.

4.15.5 Clearances.

(1) Wall- and post-mounted cantilevered units shall have a clear knee space between the bottom of the apron and the floor or ground at least 27 in (685 mm) high, 30 in (760 mm) wide, and 17 in to 19 in (430 mm to 485 mm) deep (see Fig. 27(a) and (b)). Such units shall also have a minimum clear floor space 30 in by 48 in (760 mm by 1220 mm) to allow a person in a wheelchair to approach the unit facing forward.
EXCEPTION: These clearances shall not be required at units used primarily by children ages 12 and younger where clear floor space for a parallel approach complying with 4.2.4 is provided and where the spout is no higher than 30 in (760 mm), measured from the floor or ground surface to the spout outlet.

(2) Free-standing or built-in units not having a clear space under them shall have a clear floor space at least 30 in by 48 in (760 mm by 1220 mm) that allows a person in a wheelchair to make a parallel approach to the unit (see Fig. 27(c) and (d)). This clear floor space shall comply with 4.2.4.

More artistic…

After Tilly’s recent post on an innovative drinking fountain I wanted to see some more…

Water – Public drinking fountain

The bent pipe violates the existing equilibrium between the water levels, as well as between the pipe and its base, and causes the water to spurt outwards.

These designs are all a lot more artistic in their thing and approach.

A mosaic fountain and pond.

I couldn’t understand the meaning behind this one…

Drinking Fountain for People and Plants

This drinking fountain design returns a portion of the city’s water to the same type of native plants that might have lived on the site before the city was built. As a person takes a drink from the fountain they are also watering the plants. Taking and giving are automatically intertwined in the same act. This piece is part of a series of works to research and develop human infrastructures that are grafted to natural systems and blur the distinction between “natural” and “man-made”.

For a gym:

This is some sort of blog, commercial so not to helpful.

“Modern” designs

kitch drinking fountain

Looking into the easy change from downwards to upwards flow…

As seen on Tilly’s blog

Remember Manly… well now they are in Bundanoon

a watered alliance – sustainable breakthroughs in saving the planet –

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Safety and Maintenance
Refer to the supplier and maintenance manual for the maintenance instructions and safety warnings


AS/NZS 4020:1999 Products for use in contact with drinking water
The installed height1032mm exceeding the 765 – 800 height range specified. to spout, general controls should be 900 to 1100 mm above the floor their design is 1016mm.

is For some types of equipment, specific Standard(s) are applicable to the materials used in, the manufacturing processes applied to and the installation of products. Compliance with relevant Standards is indicated by written certification that a product has been tested and assessed as compliant with specific Standards. Purchasers are advised to check with the supplier or manufacturer of this item as to its compliance with relevant Standard (s).

Together with its Arqua Fountain, SFA’s unique package, named the Arqua Station, will offer all Australians a clean and convenient source of free water.

“The aim of our Arqua Stations is to encourage people to carry reusable bottles,  SFA co-founder Darrel Conybeare said. “Our message is: ‘refill, not landfill’.

“We are very proud to have helped Bundanoon become the first bottled-water free town in Australia – possibly the world – and we hope to one day see our Arqua Stations all over the country.”

SFA are official partners of Do Something! and members of the Bottled Water Alliance

Council Fountain

General Description

Economical, all-metal drink fountain with steel pipe column, rim, brass bubbler and mouthguard. Fully
assembled by SFA complete with plumbing suitable for connection to water supply by installer.
Open rim allows excess water to simply flow down outside of column and soak into surrounds, preventing
clogging of drainage.

All fountains are tested for leakage at 2 x standard pressure before they leave SFA.



  • Height from ground 890mm
  • Rim 400mm dia
  • Height at rim 860mm
  • Overall 1040mm x 400mm


  • Chrome plated brass with lever action and vandal resistant mouthpiece


  • HDG mild steel pipe 90mm dia and fabricated top


  • Powdercoat finish (std: black, heritage green, silver)

Non standard colours incur extra cost


  • 1/2″ copper pipe water supply Max recommended water pressure 700kpa


  • Fixed sub-surface, 150mm below ground level

Arqua Fountain

A sculptural drink fountain that is as functional as it is beautiful. Through push-button activation, water is released from the spout and externally streams down a curvilinear blade into a flush mounted sump. The blade is designed to prevent drain blockage and collection of litter.

The body of Fountain Head is fully cast in aluminium ensuring robustness, vandal resistance and durability. It is supported by a sturdy mounting pit that neatly houses the plumbing.


  • Height from ground level 1100mm
  • Height at spout 1020mm
  • Footprint width 655mm
  • Overall 1215mm x 795mm


  • Solid one piece casting
  • DA01 grade cast aluminium
  • Curvilinear blade 12mm thick
  • Pipe 70mm dia


  • 6mm flow of drinking water
  • Max recommended water pressure 700kpa
  • Supplied with filter
  • Arqua Fountain has been approved for functionality, practicality and satisfies the intent of AS1428.2. The accessibility report is available for downloading


Designed with no basin, the Arqua fountain eliminates problems such as drain blockage and litter collection. Drinking water is released through push-button activation, and excess water streams down a curvilinear blade to a sub-ground sump for drainage.


  • 1100mm (H) x 660mm (W) x 340mm (D)


  • Solid one piece casting
  • DA01 grade cast aluminium
  • Curvilinear blade 12mm thick
  • Pipe 70mm dia


  • 6mm flow of drinking water
  • Max recommended water pressure 700kpa
  • Supplied with filter


  • Navy ripple powder coat


  • Sub-surface mounting polycrete pit with cast-aluminium dark grey (hard
    anodised) cover plates to suit most pavements