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Drinking stations cut waste in Bermuda

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Bluewater, a water purification company based in Sweden, said it saved Bermuda from a quarter-million disposable plastic bottles during the America’s Cup in June.

Organizers of the sailing tournament banned single-use plastic from official venues and the America’s Cup Village. Instead, Bluewater’s water purifiers were used in eight free-standing drinking water stations at key sites in Bermuda’s historic Royal Naval Dockyard. The unmanned stations delivered visitors free, chilled, regular and sparkling water on demand.

“After crunching the numbers, we are proud to announce the total number of (500-milliliter or 16.9-fluid ounce) plastic bottles that were diverted from the landfill … reached a total count of 249,018,” Bengt Rittri, founder of Bluewater, said in a company statement. “It shows how even small actions can positively impact our war on the plastics that take hundreds of years to break down.”

Bluewater also purified harvested rainwater to generate clean drinking and cooking water for the 100-strong crew and support staff at the team base of Sweden’s America’s Cup Challenger Artemis Racing.

Bluewater has sales offices in the United States, China and Europe. For more information, visit www.bluewatergroup.com.

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