5 Kooky Moments In The History of Drinking Fountains

Here at Haws, a special moment in history transpired when Luther Haws invented the drinking fountain in 1906. Along with this special moment in history, there are interesting happenings that go along with the early invention of drinking fountains. Here are 5 kooky moments in history regarding drinking fountains that you may not have known.

UNITED STATES - MAY 13:  "Temperance" Statue on a the corner of 7th and Indiana NW.  (Photo By Tom Williams/Roll Call/Getty Images)

Students in hallway by drinking fountain

Students in hallway by drinking fountain

FRANCE - JUNE 01:  Cyclist Refreshing Themselves At A Fountain In Paris On June 1930  (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)

FRANCE – JUNE 01: Cyclist Refreshing Themselves At A Fountain In Paris On June 1930 (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RED MESA, AZ - OCTOBER 17: Covered and unusable water fountains are seen in the hallway at Red Mesa High School on October 17, 2014 in Red Mesa, AZ. The school's drinking water is undrinkable due to the high levels of arsenic. The Red Mesa Redskins is a small Navajo school in northeast Arizona. The Redskins became the school's mascot in 1974 when a student named Raymond Oldman thought of the name after several students were asked to come up with a school mascot. The school is on the Navajo reservation and when the Navajos are asked about their mascot, most are proud to be Redskins. The team logo is a replica of NFL's Washington Redskins. (Photo by Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Kirkland brand bottled water is displayed for sale at a Costco Wholesale Corp. store in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S., on Thursday, May 29, 2014. Costco Wholesale Corp., the largest U.S. warehouse-club chain, posted fiscal third-quarter profit that missed analysts' estimates even as comparable sales gained 6 percent. Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Kirkland brand bottled water is displayed for sale at a Costco Wholesale Corp. store in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S., on Thursday, May 29, 2014. Costco Wholesale Corp., the largest U.S. warehouse-club chain, posted fiscal third-quarter profit that missed analysts’ estimates even as comparable sales gained 6 percent. Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images

5 Secrets About Drinking Fountains You Never Knew
  1. The first drinking faucet was invented in 1906 and patented in 1911 by Luther Haws, a self-employed master plumber. While at his rounds at a public school, he noticed children drinking from a shared tin cup. This unsanitary though typical arrangement inspired the inventor in him. Using available parts, Luther Haws assembled the world’s first drinking faucet. In 1916, Luther patented the first drinking fountain.

  2. A drinking fountain is referred to as a “bubbler” almost exclusive to the state of Wisconsin. The original bubbler shot water one inch straight into the air, creating the bubbling phenomenon that gave the product its name.
  3. Central Park in New York has over 135 drinking fountains within its 58 miles of pedestrian walkway.New York's Central Park in
  4. Water from drinking fountains is tested to city health standards, which are higher than the standards required for bottled water.DF Fairytale Town
  5. Children played a key role in the evolution of the drinking fountain. The mouth guard was an addition to the drinking fountain when manufacturers discovered children placing their mouths on or over the bubbler head where the water dispenses. In addition, anti-squirt holes were implemented in future generations of the drinking fountain as kids began to use them as toys by placing their finger over the bubbler head to squirt others with the water. On some drinking fountains, an additional hard-to-reach hole was put on the side of the bubbler to prevent it from squirting. In the photo below, you can see small indents in the sides (the anti-squirt holes).Bubbler

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Throwback Thursday: Our Early Beginnings

Since  the invention of the drinking fountain in 1906, Haws® has aimed to re-define expectations. Having been around for over 100 years, Haws has a rich history filled with eminent events that have shaped who we are as a company today. We have included some of our favorite photos of yesteryear to give a glimpse of Haws early beginnings.

 

 

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1909 – Haws Sanitary Drinking Faucet Company is established

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Haws® introduced emergency showers and eyewashes during the 1950’s.

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Vintage Haws Drinking Faucet

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