Inspire : Public Works Nov Dec 2013
22 Public Works Professional November-December 2013 The Arqua Station was frst launched by Street Furniture Australia (SFA) in 2008 as the result of a collaboration with environmental group Do Something! to develop a public drinking fountain and water-refll pole for single-use bottles, in order to reduce the impact of disposable plastic bottles on overall landfll. SFA’s research and development team designed an innovative drinking fountain to deal with problems such as poor hygiene, vandalism and inadequate access for wheelchair-users. The fountain is designed without a basin, to avoid the collection of litter (and subsequent blockage), and residual water trickles easily down a sculptural blade. The Arqua Fountain is paired with the Arqua Pole, a refll facility that provides tap or fltered water to passers-by. In 2012, SFA worked with the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority (SHFA) and RailCorp to install Arqua Stations around Sydney’s foreshore at a number of prominent, high-traffc locations in The Rocks, Circular Quay, Circular Quay Railway Station and Darling Harbour. The installation of Arqua Stations is part of an SHFA initiative to encourage a bottle-free environment, and to accommodate for the tourist industry with the provision of fresh drinking water. Community groups enthusiastically received Arqua Stations since their inception. Also in 2008, Manly Council in Sydney’s northern beaches installed the Arqua Station and declared the council ‘bottle-free’. In 2009, Bundanoon in the NSW southern highlands became the frst bottle-free town in Australia by installing Arqua Fountains throughout the town and in the local public school, taking and banning the sale and distribution of plastic bottled water. In 2010, Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College, Sydney, became the frst Australian high school to ban plastic bottled water, receiving strong support from parents and students alike; in 2011, the University of Canberra joined the cause. The Arqua Station has since been installed at bus stops, beaches, cycling tracks, educational institutions, parks, shopping centres, sports centres and stadiums, streetscapes, transport interchanges and waterfronts. In 2011, the Arqua Station was made an offcial gift to the City of Copenhagen, Denmark, by Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore. The commercial success and subsequent media coverage of the Arqua Station led to SFA’s partnership with the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, and the large-scale provision of fresh, free water to some of Sydney’s most popular locations. ••• DESIGN ON TAP Sculptural water fountains offer an aesthetic solution to providing fresh, fltered water, while weaning communities off the per vasive plastic bottle. The installation of Arqua Stations is part of an initiative to encourage a bottle-free environment.
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