Say NO to Bottled Water

I am now looking at a project to make drinking water accessible on campus at RMIT. This should cut down the consumption of bottled water. And so here is the project description of what is a Drinking Fountain Project. The image below shows how difficult/ inconvenient it is to fill a bottle from a fountain. This is just one of the problems.

filling bottle


The project has the following objectives:

  1. To reduce the consumption of bottled water on Campus by making clean-safe-cool drinking water easily accessible on campus

With additional objectives being:

  1. To provide an opportunity for students of design to work on a live project from ‘need’ to prototype construction. Which will give one or a few students an opportunity to see their project built and installed.
  2. To demonstrate a local collaboration between the property services division of the university and the curriculum of a design department.


The project is being offered as a studio in the Upper Pool for Industrial Design students in their 2nd and 3rd years. The studio will be taught by Paul Angus – a sessional staff member who works with Industrial Design both in studio teaching and workshop skills. His involvement is with the intention of making the project orientated towards and focussed upon construction of prototypes. The classes of the studio will be run in the Modelling Lab in building 49.

  1. The students will study the needs of the community of staff and students at the city Campus ( but also Brunswick and Bundoora campus).
  2. The need will be converted into design schemes and 3D solutions. To be presented to the stakeholder group by week 8.
  3. The project will end with the showcasing of working prototypes at the end of the semester.
  4. A selected design will then be taken up for fabrication and serial production through the appropriate process of the university.


  1. Design schemes
  2. Working Prototypes
  3. CAD models and working drawings




By Soumitri Varadarajan

Soumitri lives in Melbourne, Australia - #probonodesign #codesign #sustainability #patientexperience #quantifiedself #mdg


  1. An exciting project, I look forward to having my drink bottle overflow with (ex-spirt) inspired design.

    First I ponder location, where to place drinking fountains on the intersections of various meandering pathways around RMIT may turn out to be as important a part of a successful design as the form.
    Nestled in the gently rolling hills of swollen MDF is one great example the ‘not quite right’ bubbler in the basement of 94. While opposite the postal center under building 10 is a well sited refrigerated fountain complete with security mirror to keep an eye on potential contenders at the drinking hole. Speaking of feng shui, water being the element of communication and all, maybe an added blue tooth transmitter to keep us up to date with a # 1 cola brands bid to buy the dna patent for the human tear duct could be good. Of course this is an obscure way to introduce the term furphy meaning rumor, a brand of water cart used in the war,
    gossip was generated while troops filled their bottles and an untrue story came to be known as furphy ( go sip on that ).
    Maybe the gossip was true, maybe water finds it’s own level, this could have dangerous implications to military objectives (peace might start breaking out if people found common things to share, like a thirst for knowledge to drown the hunger for power etc.) So a fountain may have revolutionary potential on campus, I’ll drink to that!

    Without investigating too seriously the oxygenation and resulting revitalization of water passing through opposing vortex flow forms, the mesmerizing effect may draw people in for the initial novelty, although a stainless steel gargoyle head might achieve similar results.

    Most importantly it’s got to be cool to be cool and if it’s refrigerated it might be cool but it’s not green. Maybe check out some evaporative cooling systems that use water overflow for something even a pet puppy drinking dish.

    What ever you do, have fun doing it and that fun will translate in an inspired outcome.
    p.s. spray grounds are worth checking out as far as fun goes



  2. Nice project.

    I think that the problem of people drinking water from bottles not fountains is not caused by a lack of fountains but by a tradition of consuming in a pivate and self controled manner. There is of course a perception that it is de\irty and less hygenic to consume water from a comunal device but I think an equally if not more important factor is that people preference their own conveneince in general, over the greenness of many of their practices. So, I think this project is an endevour to design a way to influence peoples use of drinking water at RMIT in a more than just to create a new water fountain. I think the object can do a lot to control behaviour and is of course important but I think it is not the most influencial of this design process.


    P.S. Sorry about the spelling, I can not spell and I am in Korea using a computer without an english spell checker.


  3. I should just add. When at RMIT I would often use the water fountains or use cups on level 4 of building 87 to drink the tap water there. I did this because I do not drink bottled water, not because it was convenient. I do not drink bottled water because I think it is a silly concept, I do not care about the environmental effects, I just think carrying a bottle everywhere and paying for something that comes out of taps for free is quite silly.

    I do not recal ever having too much trouble finding a place to drink but I imagine having water fountains in more places would make things easyer. Especially places like Building 87. As far as I recall most of the other buildings we used, 8 levle 7, 8 level 11, 49 and so on, had at least some fountains.



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