In humans, water makes up about 85 percent of the brain, 90 percent of blood and 70 percent of lean muscle. Saying that it is essential that people stay properly hydrated is therefore no understatement.
For people living in the Cayman Islands, especially in the heat of summer, dehydration can be a very serious condition for all ages. To help people stay hydrated, and to take another step forward in sustainability, Camana Bay has transformed its drinking water fountains to full-service hydration stations.
In addition to drinking fountains, hydration stations also have dispensers for filling water bottles. There are seven hydration stations installed in the Town Centre, one in each of the four courtyards and three in large office building lobbies.
The hydration stations are manufactured by Filtrine. They are supplied with the potable water from Cayman Water pipe sources and are further treated by activated charcoal filtration systems that adsorb toxins, odours and impurities in the water. The activated charcoal systems are serviced quarterly.
Chip Ogilvie, Property Operations Director at Dart Real Estate, says the initiative solidifies Camana Bay’s commitment to sustainability by offering an alternative to traditional methods to serving water.
“We are trying to encourage the reusable drinking bottles to reduce the introduction of plastic bottles to the landfill and Grand Cayman’s environment,” he says.
In late 2016, Anytime Fitness installed a similar water bottle dispenser in its gym. The dispenser keeps track of how much water it dispenses and converts that amount to the number of plastic water bottles that would have been required to hold that much water. As of late June, it estimates that by refilling water bottles at the station, more than 54,000 plastic water bottles have been saved from going to the landfill.