Denton and Reddish MP, Andrew Gwynne, has backed the development of HydraChill, a system of free water refilling stations across England’s major transport hubs in a recent Parliamentary visit by the new initiative.
HydraChill provides a practical refilling alternative to disposable bottled water and the demands placed on energy, resources and landfill. Its development has been guided and supervised by the water industry to incorporate WRAS certification and meet industry standards at all points of preparation, installation and commissioning.
In addition to dispensing chilled water to any container, the unique HydraChill ‘2-in-1’ unit also vends brandable reusable water bottles, which can be purchased and then filled and refilled at the machine. The 2-in-1 development is a world first and provides an important revenue source which can contribute significantly to subsidising the availability of free water.
Stark statistics make the need for change even more important:
- Over 2 billion litres of UK bottled water now consumed annually
- Most bottles are jettisoned, adversely impacting UK litter and landfill
- Over 25% of all UK bottled water is imported
- Yet UK tap water quality is among the highest in the world
- Consumers desire easier, greener, economic access for their refillable bottles.
In 2016 HydraChill were Global Bronze Winners at the World Awards for Food and Water Projects held in Bucheon, South Korea, putting them on the map. Since then, HydraChill refilling stations have appeared in Hammersmith Station and Embankment Pier in London, as well as educational institutions such as Neath Port Talbot College and Northumbria University’s Sport Central.
Andrew Gwynne said:
“The potential benefits of rolling out schemes like this across the country are exciting. It’s hoped that with more refillable stations such as these that we can reduce waste and resources as well as address the issue of dehydration for commuters and school children.”