The City of Hillsboro Water Department debuted its sustainable water distribution system, the Hillsboro Hometown Tap (Tap), at Celebrate Hillsboro in July 2010. On that more than 90 degree day, over 5,000 people used the Tap station to stay hydrated with chilled drinking water.
The Tap, including the innovative water chilling system, was designed and built by Water Department operators. The artwork from local Mooberry Elementary student, Allyson Thompson, graces the front. Not only has the Tap been a hit with local event-goers, it also won a Best-in-Show Award at the Pacific Northwest American Water Works Association Conference. Use of the Hometown Tap has kept thousands of single-use water bottles away from the landfill.
You and your family are encouraged to bring refillable water bottles to summer events in Downtown Hillsboro. Refillable bottles made of steel, aluminum, or hard plastic are sustainable options that reduce waste in the environment. Filling a bottle with high-quality tap water also ensures you are drinking water from a local source. For summer activities, be sure to include a refillable bottle along with your sunglasses and sunscreen on your checklist of outdoor essentials. Look for the big, blue water banner at events to find the Hometown Tap and refill your bottle as often as you like – for free!
“…In terms of sustainability, there is nothing more sustainable than tap water from the City of Hillsboro.”
Kevin Keene, SolarWorld USA