Cold water available

LIHUE — As part of its sustainability efforts, the County of Kauai installed three water-bottle fillers at the Lihue Civic Center.

“The county is pleased to offer a source-reduction option for our employees and the public,” said Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. “Reduce is the top priority in the waste-reduction hierarchy of reduce, reuse, recycle because it eliminates waste before it is formed. In this case, we are reducing the purchase of single-use beverage containers.”

The fillers, which quickly dispense cold, filtered water into personal water bottles or cups, can be found in the Kapule Building as well as in two places in the Moikeha Building, the rotunda and on the second floor.

The water stations were made possible by a team in the county’s Green Government Challenge, which was able to receive a green grant to purchase the water stations.

The $1,500 grant for the water-bottle filling stations was provided by the county Office of Economic Development, which coordinated the Green Government Challenge.

“Coming up with a sustainable idea that would have a positive, long-term effect on county operations was part of the challenge and our public works team, the Eco-Boosters, was right on target,” Carvalho said.

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