The R&A Takes Lead in Hydration Solutions

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The 16-metre Bluewater ‘Wall of Water’ at St Andrews.

St Andrews, Scotland: The R&A continued its efforts to play a leading role in tackling single-use plastic bottles at The 150th Open at St Andrews, with Bluewater hydration stations dispensing 76,869 litres of water during the event, equivalent to 153,738 500 ml-sized plastic bottles.

“We want to thank The R&A, the organisers of The Open, for taking the lead in providing hydration solutions that end the need for an event to sell plastic bottles of water, and the fans who made the choice to support the planet by purchasing a sustainable Bluewater bottle to replace throwaway plastic bottles,” said Bluewater Founder and CEO Bengt Rittri.

The 150th Open attracted around 290,000 fans whose hydration requirements were met despite the warmer-than-average weather conditions in Scotland.

A highlight was a 16-metre Bluewater ‘Wall of Water’ housing 12 in-line water dispensers and two 55-inch outdoor television screens broadcasting key content. This one water station alone dispensed almost 20,000 litres of water, equal to 38,458 500 ml-sized plastic water bottles.

“The Bluewater event hydration eco-system not only delivers really pure water free of all known contaminants but also completely and efficiently eliminates the need for single-use plastic bottles of water. And the sale of Bluewater bottles help compensate any loss in revenue from selling those plastic bottles,” said Dave Noble, Bluewater’s Director of Events, PR and Communication.

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