CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A company developing reusable water-bottle cleaning and refill stations has found an eager test market at West Virginia University.
The Charleston Gazette (http://bit.ly/ImBxtc ) reports that thousands of students flocked to the kiosks last week when the Evive system was introduced on campus. More than 4,000 students signed up for the free stainless steel bottles, which can be cleaned and filled with chilled and filtered water at the four stations.
Tom Petrini is the CEO of Evive Station. The 2005 WVU graduate says he was inspired to develop the reusable bottle kiosks when he attended a conference on sustainability in 2007. He noticed that the 3,000 participants weren't using the reusable water bottles provided. Their complaint was that there was no place to wash out and refill the bottles.