The Trough is a (dirty) dinosaur
Troughs are still on the Hydration Landscape – but it could be their last gasp. How they survived the massive climatic shifts in educational design thinking over the ages – let alone their persistence into the current enlightened period – might seem a conundrum. The incapacity of the trough to evolve in the face of the break with the old ‘good enough’ 1950s approach of utilitarian design and replacement with the new user-focused approach, should have made its extinction inevitable. But troughs are still in schools (maybe yours) all over Australasia, long after the fragmentation of Gondwanaland, and far from the fifties. Why?
The short (and rather boring) answer is that, despite developing a plethora of variations on the chair and other household objects (which mostly functioned ok anyway) no-one thought to redesign the archaic drinking facilities in schools.
But suddenly –
…like a punctuated equilibrium event, aquaBUBBLER emerged on the scene at the beginning of the 21st century, with drinking fountains that provided a dignified drinking experience to school children. Finally! Many clear-sighted schools and architects embraced this great leap in hydration evolution, and aquaBUBBLERs began to proliferate throughout Australasia.
Over the intervening years and into the present, aquaBUBBLER continues to refine its products – always staying at the edge of innovative design, but always ensuring that its hydration stations:
- are all-abilities, DDA compliant
- adhere to Universal Design Best Practice principles
- use lead-free safe brass
- carry Watermark certification
- are low maintenance and virtually immune to breakdowns.
You might think that our bright colours are frivolous – but evolutionary biology would disagree! Colours are more visible from a distance, which is especially helpful to the vision-impaired. They also act as a visual reminder to all of us to rehydrate – and aquaBUBBLER thinks that’s pretty important.
So, time for those dirty dinosaurs to go! See what aquaBUBBLERs can do for your school.