Photo Credit: Greenlove Foundation
Good news for those who travel with a reusable water bottle? There is now a second outdoor water bottle filling station in Newport.
On May 24, 2017, the Greenlove Foundation unveiled a new water bottle filling station at Perrotti Park. It is the second outdoor water bottle filling station dedicated by the Foundation in Newport, the first one was recently installed at Fort Adams State Park.
“I have learned over the years, that the city can not do everything on its own for the great city of Newport and it is a joint effort between the city and organizations like the Greenlove Foundation to get things done,” Mayor Harry Winthrop said before Mayor cut ting the ribbon with the Greenlove Foundation founders, Katherine and Michael Bowers.
The Greenlove Foundation was founded in memory of Kendra L. Bowers, its mission is to fulfill her life dream of protecting and taking care of the Earth.
“The park is one of the busiest areas with tourists embarking and disembarking from the ferries as well as from the tenders of major cruise lines that come into Newport each year. The site is an ideal location for runners, bikers, cruise passengers and locals who can benefit from the water bottle filling station/drinking fountain,” the Greenlove Foundation stated in a prepared statement.
Dave McLaughlin of Clean Ocean Access, Newport City Councilor Susan Taylor, Kristie Gardiner from Newport Energy & Environmental Commission were part of the group attending the dedication.
“Dave McLaughlin, Rep. Susan Taylor and Kristie Gardiner along with the Greenlove Foundation have the same goal to reduce plastic litter that is destroying so many ecosystems. During the fall of 2016, Clean Ocean Access initiated the ‘Newport Harbor Trash Skimmer Project’ at Perrotti Park. The skimmers are a highly effective method of removing debris and improving the quality of Newport’s harbor. The skimmers removed 1,338 pieces of floating debris, toxins and oil to improve Newport Harbor’s water quality. During their inaugural season, over 6,000 pounds of debris was collected. By using a reusable bottle at the water bottle filling station, less plastic will end up in our waters and in our landfills,” stated Greenlove Foundation.
“The water bottle filling stations offers a cleaner, healthier water that keeps drinking water safe by using filters that meet federal and state low-lead requirements. The stations save money and energy spent on disposable plastic bottles,” Greenlove Foundation stated.
For more information on the Greenlove Foundation, visit www.greenlovefoundation.org.