“We believe people should have a choice when it comes to drinking water,” said Coca-Cola spokeswoman Susan Stribling in a written statement, adding that Dasani comes in PlantBottles, which are partially made from plants.
The Oasis International refilling stations at the Atlanta airport will dispense plain old tap water. They’re being installed at existing drinking fountain locations as part of a $7,350 retrofit with copper surfaces which manufacturer Hussey Copper says are antimicrobial. Emory University researchers will test the fountains for bacteria.
Investor Lynn Tilton, who owns Hussey and Oasis, saw the world’s busiest airport as a place to “showcase” the new fountains and bottle refillers.
The airport has already piloted two water bottle refill stations for about a year on Concourses A and T. New stations across the airport will have a touchless design.