A $1,000 filtered water station has been donated to Holmdel High School by Elizabeth and Robert Wilson of the township's Green Team.
The station will have a bubbler and a stand which automatically fills a 12-ounce water bottle. An embedded calculator counts the number of bottles filled (and plastic bottles saved).
The U.S. produces over 30 billion plastic water bottles each year, said Elizabeth Wilson, the Holmdel Green Team Chairwoman.
Each bottle takes one third of a bottle of petroleum and four bottles of water to produce. After a single use, eighty-five percent of the plastic bottles eventually end up in our landfills or the ocean. The ones that are recycled can be recycled only once because of problems in re-polymerizing used plastic.
"It makes us happy to think of our young people getting in the habit of using refillable bottles," said Elizabeth Wilson.
The high school Eco Club is selling stainless refillable bottles as a fund-raiser. The proceeds will buy replacement filters for the water station.
"It sounds like a win-win-win situation to us," she said.