Kentucky Colleges Install ‘Hydration Stations’ To Reduce Packaged Bottled Water

Oct. 17, 2011

Kentucky's colleges and universities are trying to reduce plastic water bottle habit by installing "hydration stations" that give students, faculty and staff all the tap water they can pour into their own multi-use containers, according to The Lexington Herald in Lexington, Ky. For the full story, click here

Editor’s Insight: Hydration stations give refreshment service operators a way to expand their offerings to customers.

Single-serve bottled water is not going to go away any time in the near future. On 10-14-11, VendingMarketWatch reported that packaged bottled water sales have returned to a growth mode in a recent 52-week period, despite the recession.

But there is no reason that refreshment service operators should not offer customers all possible options. This newspaper article indicates that rehydration stations have seen a lot of use since they were installed at the University of Kentucky in 2010. 10-17-11