In an effort to cut down on plastic refuse, the Seaside Park Environmental Advisory Committee will use its annual funding to purchase a water bottle filling station for the beachfront – one that may be the first of several around town.
“It will enable the environment committee to continue our cause on plastic reduction and waste,” said resident Liliana Amabile, who chairs the group. “It is also to encourage our residents and visitors to be good stewards of our Shore environment.”
The first filling station will be located near the lifeguard headquarters building at N Street and the oceanfront. The location was chosen because it can tap into existing water piping used for the shower and wash station that is already present at the site. The filling station will be green-colored, powder coated for protection from the elements and will be able to be at least partially removed after the beach season so it can be safely stored.
“Our budget this year is very tight so we can pay for this bottle filler out of what’s been allocated to us,” said Amabile. “We did pick up a lot of bottles this year in our beach sweep, but there are efforts to reduce the plastic, and I think we’ll get there.”
The station will be made by Most Dependable Fountains, which has previously worked with the borough to provide water fountains at other locations.
“We checked the budget, and it’s certainly in there and quite a positive,” said Mayor John Peterson.
The environmental committee will track the usage of the station in consideration of similar additions in the future.