Filling stations are part of “Aspen Tap,” the city’s water initiative that aims to reduce bottled water consumption and promote reusing water bottles.
Two new tap-water stations are in the works at Smuggler Mountain and the Aspen (Colo.) Golf Club clubhouse, the Aspen Daily News reported.
The filling stations provide filtered tap water to the public and are placed strategically throughout the city. Each station has a traditional water fountain as well as a spigot to fill bottles. The stations also have a gauge that measures how much water is used, the Daily News reported.
The stations are part of the city’s “Aspen Tap” campaign, which started last summer with the installation of three filling stations in various locations. The goal is to cut down on bottled water consumption and promote reusing water bottles, the Daily News reported.
Ashley Cantrell, the city’s environmental health specialist, said Aspen Golf Club’s water station will be up and running in approximately two weeks. The second station is still in the planning stages and needs city approval. It could be ready within two months if approved.
A stand-alone tap-water station costs $3,000 to install. while one mounted on a building costs about $1,000. The costs are being covered by the water department’s enterprise fund and by selling stainless-steel water bottles, the Daily News reported.