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Department of Recreation & Parks to upgrade park water fountains through public donations

May 16, 2018

Media Contacts:
Mark Miller, Administrator, Office of Public Information, 410-313-2022
John S. Marshall, Parks Bureau Chief, Department of Recreation & Parks, 410-313-4644

ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman and representatives from the County’s Department of Recreation & Parks (HCRP) have launched an initiative to replace water fountains in county parks with upgraded bottle filler stations paid for with donations from the community.  By replacing the existing 49 free-standing water fountains and 16 additional fountains attached to park buildings, park patrons will now have a convenient option to refill reusable water bottles.

“Across the country, an estimated 38 billion plastic water bottles end up in landfills each year.  Even though we have a high recycling rate, we know that some of those bottles make it into landfills here,” said Kittleman.  “By partnering with local donors, we are making clean drinking water available to park patrons and their canine friends in a way that reminds us all of the need to preserve and protect our environment.”

Each bottle filler station includes a standard-height fountain, another spigot that conforms with ADA standards, and an attached water bowl for pets.  Each free-standing fountain costs $3,810 and those attached to buildings are $3,625. 

Donors may select the park location and fountain they wish to replace.  In recognition of their participation and contribution, a 5” x 7” engraved plaque will be attached to the bottle filler station.  Plaques will include the wording of the donor’s choice and company or organization logo may be included.  Donors must pay for the fountain in advance and the Department will arrange for ordering and installation. Donations may be tax deductible, but participants should consult with a tax-advisor for qualifications. 

“The addition of bottle fillers in our parks is in line with the Department’s vision to promote sustainability,” said Parks Bureau Chief John Marshall. “By allowing the community to take part in this donation initiative, they become part of the solution to keep patrons hydrated and reduce the number of plastic bottles ending up in the landfill.”

The United States recycling rate for plastic is only 23%.  For more information about Howard County’s recycling initiatives, visit

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