Free water bottle filling stations offer Sky Harbor passengers convenience

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- You can't take a bottle of water through airport security, but Sky Harbor Airport is making it super easy for you to fill up an empty bottle inside the secured area before you board your flight.

Living up to its brand as America's Friendliest Airport, Sky Harbor has installed bottle filling stations near the entrances to the concourses at all three of its terminals so you can fill your bottle to the rim with chilled, filtered water -- for free.

The bottle filling stations are connected to water fountains that were already in place and, unlike those fountains, are designed specifically to fill bottles.

It might seem like a small thing, but the convenience factor is significant. Just ask anyone who has ever filled a water bottle from a drinking fountain. While doable, it requires both hands and can be little awkward, especially when contending with luggage.

Travelers seem love the free bottle filling stations.

"These water bottle filling stations are already very popular with our customers," said Becky Gawin, deputy aviation director for facilities and services. "Not only do they offer passengers an added convenience, they are a sustainable feature, reducing the use of disposable plastic bottles."

There are seven water bottle filling stations in Terminal 4, which serves approximately 80 percent of Sky Harbor's passengers, plus four in Terminal 3, and two in Terminal 2.

When it comes to passenger traffic, Sky Harbor International Airport is one of the 10 busiest airports in the country, serving an average of more than 100,000 passengers every day. Nearly 40.5 million travelers passed through its terminals in 2012.