London Olympics Supply Filling Stations, Encourages Attendees to Bring Their Own Reusable Bottle

Published On August 8, 2012 | By Hannah Ellsbury | Articles, News

Not only are schools taking advantage of having filling stations at events and on their campuses, but now the London Olympics are providing free filtered tap water via filling stations to all attendees encouraging them to bring a reusable, refillable bottle.

One of Coca-Cola’s lead representatives to the Olympics was quoted as laughing while saying that he hopes for a hot a sunny summer with “lots of thirsty people.” But spectators at the Summer Olympics will not have to rely on Coca-Cola’sAbbey Well for their hydration needs, as there is another water resource available to consumers: tap water.

It began in 2008 when Tom Brake, an Olympics spokesperson and London Member of Parliament, actively worked to ensure that the Olympic organizers would provide tap water to spectators and athletes. “Everyone wants the 2012 Games to be the most sustainable on record. That must mean free non-bottled water for all visitors to the Games,” he said. That same year, Olympic organizers confirmed that tap water would be available to spectators and athletes of the Games.

London, however, is not the first city to provide attendees of Olympic Events free tap water. When Vancouver hosted the Winter Olympics in 2010, spectators were encouraged to enjoy tap water instead of purchasing bottled water.  (We heard a little rumor that Coca-Cola was upset about having to compete with tap water, despite claiming they did not see tap water as competition.)

Although spectators will not be permitted to bring in bottles of liquid exceeding 100 mL (about 3.4 fluid ounces), or “excessive food,” due to security regulations, an empty reusable water bottle will be allowed. So instead of having to waste roughly $2.50 on a bottle of water, spectators can enjoy tap water from designated filling stations.

We encourage all spectators and athletes to take advantage of the free water, and to bring their reusable water bottles to take back the tap in London.

[via Eat Drink Better]

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6 Responses to London Olympics Supply Filling Stations, Encourages Attendees to Bring Their Own Reusable Bottle

  1. Hello,

    by any chance do you have a photo or description of the hydration stations being used at the olympic sites? We provide a portable durable solution for refilling bottles that filters the water and are always looking to work with events and indiviuals.

    Thank you.

    • Hannah Ellsbury says:

      Thanks for the comment. I have not run into any photos regarding the Olympics filling stations, but if I do I will send them your way!

  2. Hello, Interesting article! A friend of mine attempted to enter the Olympic Park with a 500ml stainless steel bottle (empty) but was told he would have to leave it outside! If anyone knows who manufactured the hydration Station plus any pictures that would be great! Many thanks, Mark

    • Hannah Ellsbury says:

      Thanks for the comment Mark! That is interesting to hear. Who within the Park told your friend that a reusable water bottle was not allowed? Was it authorities, the filling station reps, etc.? I have not come across any photos revealing the company of the filling stations, but if I do i’ll be sure to post it.

  3. Have spoken with my friend & he has explained to me that it was in fact Hyde Park Olympic gathering where his stainless steel re-usable bottle was ‘refused entry’! Apparently it would have been allowed in if it was transparent.

  4. Chris says:

    A total televised environmental disaster.

    All events I saw on TV had the athletics drinking from the BAD use once throw-away bottles. I DID NOT SEE ONE athlete using a reusable water bottle!

    Who made sure there were NO environmentally friendly re-usable bottles for the athletics? Was it Coca Cola? I heard they bought the rights.

    There should have been re-usable bottles provided with Olympic printing on the side.

    And NO bottles of any kind are allowed in the events.

    REAL BAD planning! And BAD environmental PR. What message does the Olympics Committee send the World. Answer: keep using throw away plastic bottles that end up in the ocean. It’s ok to pollute the planet with plastic, we made money.

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