The City of Busselton Council, with the help of CIVIQ, has introduced a number of outdoor showers and drinking water stations along the picturesque foreshore of Busselton, Western Australia.
With the support of WA State funding, the city council has undertaken a major redevelopment to its iconic waterfront precinct. The esplanade now includes a dedicated sporting and youth zone, skate park facilities, playgrounds, picnic areas, and a restaurant boardwalk.
The council wanted to create a central community hub complete with outdoor activities and resources suitable for all age groups, delivering a world-class beach experience for locals and visitors.
As part of the development, Busselton staff partnered with CIVIQ to install a suite of multi-purpose outdoor shower units designed with heavy-duty stainless steel to endure the salty conditions and warm climate of the coastal town.
The 2100mm-high FlexiShower, was a suitable addition to the precinct because of its hybrid functionality, incorporating both shower and bottle refill dispensers.
“We developed a unique outdoor solution for Busselton that integrates shower, timer-tap and hand wash functionalities – as well as inbuilt signage panels”, explains Danny Brookes, CIVIQ Specifications Manager.
“The product is manufactured using marine-grade electro-polished stainless steel, which helps prevent ‘tea-stain’ blemishes, a form of corrosion which is common in coastal regions” he says.
A number of hygienic design features have been incorporated, including a range of drainage options, anti-microbial water dispensers, and separation of shower and drinking fountain basin.
In addition, a number of stand-alone 1500mm Drinking Fountain and Bottle Refill Stations have been introduced to ensure that park-goers are kept hydrating when outdoors.
Sharing a similar design to the FlexiShower, the FlexiFountains feature a wheelchair-accessible drinking fountain basin, two anti-bacterial bottle refill nozzles and integrated signage – making it excellent for busy public spaces.
Busselton council also created customized artwork graphics for the units which are used to communicate instructions to first-time users, whilst promoting sustainability in the community.
Much of the redevelopment has now been completed. The precinct has since received a surge in foot traffic with a record number of visitors last summer.
With a number of sports and aquatic activities for locals and visitors to enjoy, the showers and drinking water stations are a useful addition to the precincts growing list of amenities.
The drinking water stations not only provide public with a dedicated area to boost their water intake, but are also a step forward in reducing waste from single-use plastic bottles in the community.
“Feedback from residents, visitors and tourism providers has been overwhelmingly positive”, says City of Busselton Mayor Grant Henley.