At WaterStop we believe recycling is not the ultimate answer. There are still enormous costs to the environment associated with collection and transportation to a recycling center, the process of reformatting the plastic into reusable sheets, then transportation to a factory for manufacturing of a new product and again transportation to its end user. Eliminating the need for plastic water bottles is our goal.
We have produced our first prototype with digital banners for sponsorship, educational and advertising opportunities. We intend to begin designs for the commercial unit in the upcoming months. This unit will include an LCD display for digital advertising and promoting our affiliate marketing program (making the cart financially viable), a WIFI hotspot will broadcast WiFi about 300 feet from the cart, a cooling system for the tank, baffles to reduce water sloshing, and an overall sleeker design (the basic unit is already designed to fit through standard doorways and elevators).
The mobility of the cart is imperative to us; we like to say its, "accessibility through mobility" the wheels swivel and come with locking mechanisms providing maximum flexibility. All carts have an easily replaceable 4 stage filtration system and a UV light for taste (all parts are off the shelf for ease of maintenance). Filters need replacing after 2,500 gallons which equals a savings of 20,000 16oz plastic bottles per filter. Filters can be changed to address most common contaminates.
The cart tank holds 50 gallons of water, which provides approximately 400 16oz bottle refills, and can be refilled with a common garden hose from any water outlet. The carts two spigots are protected by a see-through shield to keep contaminates off as the water dispenses. Each time the spigot is activated an advertisement will appear on the LCD, this produces income from $1 to $6 per ad, with more income produced by the number of "impressions" (people) within viewing distance of the ad. There is additional income from sponsorship on the digital banners.
The cart runs on battery power, recharged by plugging in. Version 2.0 will have two batteries extending the power to 6-8 hours. A patio size solar umbrella will be designed to extend the battery time (and sell in stores like Walmart, Target etc.)