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Tuesday, July 3, 2012 - 6:11am

Atlanta Airport Opens Water Stations

Updated: 2 years ago.
Atlanta's airport has installed water refilling stations as part of its effort to cut down on the use of disposable water bottles. (photo courtesy wikimedia commons)

Atlanta's airport has installed water refilling stations as part of its effort to cut down on the use of disposable water bottles.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the refilling stations on concourses A and T dispense filtered water. Similar stations already exist at some other major airports, including San Francisco International and Chicago's O'Hare and Midway airports.

They're part of a pilot program to encourage travelers to reuse bottles and reduce trash at the airport. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport plans to monitor the refilling stations to decide whether to install them at other locations.

Airport refilling stations are partly a result of security restrictions on liquids that took effect in 2006 and which keep passengers from taking bottles of water through security checkpoints.

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