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Dozens Of Filtered Water Filling Stations Being Installed In Parks, Buildings On South And West Sides

The Elkay bottle filling stations are being set up at city parks, buildings and community centers to improve access to clean drinking water and reduce single-use plastics.

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CHICAGO — Tired of seeing empty plastic water bottles discarded around the city?

A new push to bring bottle filling stations to area parks and community centers aims to change that.

Manufacturing company Elkay is donating 101 ezH2O bottle filling stations to the city which will be installed in parks, buildings and community centers on the South and West sides, Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s office announced Wednesday. The partnership between the city, Elkay, the Park District and non-profit Elevate will help improve clean water access and reduce single-use plastic waste, the mayor said.

The water filling stations also include a lifetime supply of filters.   

“Delivering clean, drinkable water to all of our neighborhoods remains one of my administration’s highest priorities,” Lightfoot in a press release. “Thanks to this incredible partnership, we will be able to reach this goal by expanding our residents’ access to filtered water as well as reaffirm our commitment to driving resources into our South and West sides.”

Crews began setting up the stations at the city sites this summer and will continue into the fall.

“It’s an honor to be able to serve the city in which Elkay was founded and contribute to a cleaner environment and healthier Chicago community for generations to come,” Elkay Presidents Ted Hamilton said in a statement. “We’re thrilled to be a part of this journey with the city of Chicago and Elevate as these installations will bring access to clean drinking water to locations that need it most, from schools to parks to youth centers and facilities.”

Elevate is a Chicago-based organization that designs and implements programs to ensure everyone has clean and affordable heat, power and water in their homes.

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