In Search of the Perfect Fountain

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Graphic by Nate Rosen ’14

Simon Stracher, Staff Writer

Staples water fountains have long been derided for their
inconsistency, warmness, and overall poor taste. In a recent study by Inklings,
only 48% of Staples water fountains were found to have a cool or cold
temperature, and only 30% of water fountains were found to have good to great
flow. Only 18% of water fountains have the ideal combination of great flow and
cold temperature.

Staples students backed up these statistics.

“Waterfountains at Staples are very inconsistent. Some taste like spring water while
some are just unpleasant,” said Jason Chaskin ’14.

Chaskin’s statements were echoed by David Mathis ’13.

“There are fountains in the school that are colder than others and it’s kind of annoying sometimes,” Mathis said.

This lack of consistency in the fountains has led many students to buy water from the
cafeteria.

Even though the majority of Staples water fountains are inconsistent and bad, there are four that stand out as exceptionally good: The tall one near the Staples Insignia, the tall one near room 1054, and both
fountains near the cafeteria. Each of these has been rated as having good to
great flow and cool to cold temperature.

 

Three of the four have problems though. Both fountains near
the cafeteria often have gum in them, or something else that was once in a
person’s mouth. The tall fountain near room 1054 is commonly used and in a
corner which is difficult to maneuver into. The tall fountain near the Staples
insignia doesn’t have the problems of the other three fountains. For this
reason the tall fountain near the Staples insignia is my favorite fountain in
the entire school and the one I recommend the most if you have a thirst to
quench. Below are my ratings of every fountain’s temperature and flow.

Object closest to
water fountain
Tall Water
Fountain Notes
Small Water
Fountain Notes
Staples
Insignia
Cold,
refreshing, good flow
Lukewarm,
great flow
End
of Art hallway/Room 1002
Decently
cold, okay flow
Lukewarm,
good flow
Room
2002
Cool,
bad flow
Doesn’t
work
English
Learning Center
Lukewarm,
decent flow
Lukewarm,
bad flow
Room
2062
Lukewarm,
good flow
Lukewarm,
bad flow
Room
3065
Tepid,
bad flow
Very
cold, okay flow
Room
3042
Lukewarm,
decent flow
Lukewarm,
awful flow
Room
3002
Lukewarm,
okay flow
Cold,
decent flow
Room
461
Cold,
great flow
Lukewarm,
great flow
Fieldhouse Cold,
great flow
No
bottom one
Cafeteria Very
cold, good glow
Cool,
okay flow
Boys
Pool Locker Room
Cold,
bad flow
Cold,
awful flow
Pool Decently
cold, okay flow
Lukewarm,
bad flow
Room
1054
Cold,
good flow
Cool,
okay flow
Room
2012
Cold,
decent flow
Cold,
okay flow
Room
1026
Cold,
good flow
Lukewarm,
bad flow
Room
1036
Tepid,
okay flow
Tepid,
decent flow