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Overview

It’s good to stay hydrated, and water is the best way to do it. But our landfills are overflowing with single-use plastic water bottles that won’t biodegrade for a thousand years.

The mission of the Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary is providing lifelong sanctuary to non-releasable Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem wildlife, while sharing a message of education and conservation. A crucial part of sharing a message of conservation is leading by example. In that spirit, the Sanctuary has chosen to discontinue all sales of single-use plastic water bottles. Instead, we plan to install a water bottle refilling station in our gift shop.

Despite the generally good quality of Red Lodge drinking water, we feel that our bottle refilling station should provide filtered water. The units we have chosen have filters that are designed to reduce lead, particles, and chlorine while reducing odors and discoloration from incoming water.

Use of the refill station will be free of charge. Guests can either bring their own water bottles or purchase souvenir logo bottles in the gift shop.

SPECIFICS

  • Purchase and install an ADA compliant water bottle refill station that’s built in the U.S., such as the Elkay LZWSSM Bottle Filling Station or Halsey Taylor HTHBSM-WF HydroBoost Bottle Filling Station.

  • We expect our total cost for the project (refill station, one replacement filter unit, and installation) to be somewhere between $1,000 and $1,560.

  • We have selected stations that are designed to further the conservation message that the Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary shares and promotes. They have a visible electronic counter that shows how many single-use plastic water bottles have been saved by using the station.

  • Spun Polypropylene prefilter mesh prevents large, coarse sediment and particles from entering and clogging the filters. The filters are good for one year or 3,000 gallons of water, and are certified to NSF 42 and 53 for lead, particulate class 1, chlorine, taste and odor reduction.

 
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