Monday, March 9, 2009

Denver pours cold water on plastic problem

When Democratic National Convention delegates, protesters and gawkers are looking for a cool drink, Denver Water will have it. The city's water utility — combining the finest in beer-keg and dairy-milking technology — has built the Denver Water Trailer. The $42,000 trailer was to carry 200 gallons of cold — 42 degrees Fahrenheit — water at events from the media kickoff party Saturday at Elitch Gardens to Invesco Field at Mile High on the day of Barack Obama's acceptance speech. The trailer is the brainchild of a group at Denver Water looking for a way to provide an "environmentally friendly" service at big outdoor events. "There are always lots and lots of plastic water bottles in the litter after a big concert," said Terri Chavez, a Denver Water community-relations specialist. "So the idea was to reduce that." The trailer was made by Johnson Truck Bodies, a Wisconsin refrigerated-truck firm. So now, convention delegates, who will each receive a water bottle, will be able to top it off at the water trailer. There will also be biodegradable paper cups available. Denver Post/Yahoo_ 8/23/08