It’s now been well over a year since we moved into our new digs here on Cleveland Street and we’re so happy to have the extra space and the separate areas so that we can run classes and privates simultaneously. I must say however that my absolute favorite change in the studio has to be the water fountain/bottle filler.
This is the Elkay EZH2O. Since it was installed in Sept. 2012 we have saved over the equivalent of 1100 bottles of water from being used and creating plastic waste. I love this thing. It has a WaterSentry® Plus 3000 gallon filter (NSF 42 & 53 certified for particulate, chlorine, taste & odor and lead reduction) and is lightly refrigerated.
Like so many others a few years ago I made the change from using a plastic water bottle to either glass or metal in order to avoid ingesting unnecessary BPA. It then occurred to me that it was pretty silly to use bottled water from a regular cooler which has those large plastic bottles. I’m going to get way more exposure from the bottle the water is stored in long term than from the vessel I am using transiently to drink from. At that point I changed the previous studio over to a bottleless filtered water system.
For those of you who remember the last studio, that unit had regular taps like most water coolers. One evening I randomly managed to catch a TV show where they were discussing sanitation of water coolers and apparently those taps are horror show of germs.
People tend to do things like reuse a bottle with a narrow neck and contaminate the taps which are virtually impossible to properly sanitize. The show went on to compare this to a modern water fountain. According to about.com’s History of Plumbing The modern drinking fountain was invented and then manufactured in the early 1900s by two men and the respective company each man founded: Halsey Willard Taylor and the Halsey Taylor Company; and Luther Haws and the Haws Sanitary Drinking Faucet Co. Halsey Taylor’s father had died of typhoid fever caused by contaminated public drinking water. Prior to this point water fountains looked like this:
Notice how the water shoots straight up hits his mouth and then falls back on the fountain. Apparently according to the program I watched, a bunch of people got sick from contaminated water from this style of drinking fountain. In 1912 Halsey Taylor developed the Puritan Sanitary Fountain which solved the problem by having the familiar arcing stream of water.
I found it kind of interesting that it has been over a 100 years since a solution was found yet today we still have unsanitary water coolers as the norm. I feel much more confident that the water is clean coming out of my current fountain. I particularly love how when you fill a bottle up it doesn’t touch the fountain anywhere. So much more sanitary!