Passengers travelling through Jersey Airport will be hard pressed to miss the new water refill stations that have been installed this week by Jersey Water.
For the first time, the utility has entered into an agreement with the airport to provide airside water fountains, ensuring travellers and employees have ongoing access to free, high-quality water. Positioned in departures, by the gates, and in baggage reclaim, the four eye-catching refill points are part of Jersey Water’s commitment to sustainability and the community.
Alongside each refill station is an art installation created from fully recycled, recyclable and zero waste materials, which represent Jersey Water’s dedication to protecting the environment. The installations, conceptualised by local artist Midnight, depict the positive impact of recycling, reusing and refilling, and feature local flora and fauna to capture the spirit of Island life.
Helier Smith, CEO of Jersey Water, said:
“Sustainability is a collaborative journey. At Jersey Water, we’re committed to reducing our impact and creating lasting environmental change, and we’re encouraging Islanders and visitors to do the same. Sending a very clear message, our eye-catching water refill stations at Jersey Airport are one way we can make it easier for people to reduce waste and plastic pollution. These machines are part of our longer-term plans to install more refill points around the Island in high footfall locations, giving the community greater access to free water and a sustainable solution to single-use plastics.”
Every year more than 1.4 million people go through Jersey Airport, refilling their water bottles with on average 52,000 litres of water and saving hundreds of disposable plastic bottles.
Jersey Airport’s Head of Customer Experience, Sarah-Louise Stubbs, said:
“Jersey Water’s investment and partnership supports our commitment to putting sustainability at the forefront of our operations. While our core goal is to keep the Island reliably, safely and well-connected, we recognise that providing essential transport infrastructure can come at a cost to the environment, so we are always looking for ways to reduce the environmental impacts of our activities. We have been providing drinking fountains since 1997, but working with Jersey Water will form part of a visible, Island-wide initiative to give people access to free water, while also reducing plastic pollution.”
As part of this refill campaign and to mark World Water Week (21-25 August), Jersey Water employees will be handing out reusable water bottles to people travelling through the airport on Friday 18, Monday 21 and Friday 25 August.
Jersey Water’s airport stations, in addition to an existing refill point at the Weighbridge, represent the utility’s ongoing plans to instal a minimum of two additional outdoor stations every year across the Island.
Materials used for the artwork installations:
Vinyl that is ISO 14001 accredited and has certified closed-loop recycling: https://www.metamark.co.uk/sustainability#metastream
Acrylic that is 100% recycled and100% recyclable.
The Falcon/Dispa board are manufactured with 100% renewable energy and fully recyclable:
The living moss is sustainably harvested from managed forests and preserved using eco-friendly materials.