"Access to safe, clean drinking water is an essential component of health," says Zachary Taylor, City of Clearwater, Florida Wellness Specialist. (Pictured at left with a retrofitted water fountain) Creating this access has been a priority for the city and for Zach as he has overseen the installation of over 20 retrofitted water fountains in city facilities. Each water fountain was retrofitted with a bottle filling station. These bottle fillers utilize infrared sensors for hygienic dispensing, track the number of plastic bottles saved from entering a landfill, and dispense refrigerated, clean water at twice the rate of a normal fountain. Each fountain has a sign placed above it that gives a health fact about water and also a fact about how reducing the use of plastic bottles is good for the environment The Pinellas County CPPW program was able to provide ten of the stations to the City of Clearwater for this project. Access to the fountains can be found at any City of Clearwater recreation center or library. Zach is proud of this latest wellness endeavor, estimating that in just one center alone close to 1000 bottles a day are being saved from being thrown into landfills. And the Pinellas CPPW is proud to be a partner in educating visitors and residents in better ways to protect their environment. Way to "go green" City of Clearwater!