Bluewater unveils world’s largest hydration station at The Open

After 12 months of detailed planning, designing and assembling, the world’s largest water station has been launched by Bluewater to help hydrate 290,000 golf fans expected to attend The 150th Open, this week (July 10 – 17).

Measuring 16 metres in length, and housing 12 in-line water dispensers and two 55-inch outdoor television screens broadcasting key content, the mega-sized water station has been installed adjacent to the Mastercard Pavilion in the central Spectator Village at The 150th Open at St Andrews.

Created by water and beverage innovator Bluewater, the mass sustainable hydration solution has the capacity to purify and dispense more than 6,000 litres of water to golf fans every day of the oldest and most international major golfing championship.

Bengt Rittri, founder and CEO of Bluewater, said: “We’re excited to introduce visitors from around the world to a unique Bluewater ‘Wall of Water’ hydration experience that delivers world-class water purification and simultaneously helps end the need for tens of thousands of single-use plastic bottles.

“From planning to delivery, we’ve utilised our expertise as the world’s leading innovator of clean water dispensing solutions for home, commercial and public use, while incorporating feedback from our event clients to create something truly awe-inspiring.”

The “Wall of Water” is supported by 18 additional individual Bluewater hydration stations sited at strategic locations around the St Andrews venue, where the landmark 150th Open is being staged by The R&A to a record-breaking attendance.

Bluewater has collaborated with The R&A since 2019, when the launch of “The Open Water Initiative” at The 148th Open at Royal Portrush, Northern Ireland, positioned the championship as one of the first major global sporting events to completely eliminate single-use plastic water bottles. Bluewater refillable water bottles, which have become a best-selling merchandise item, have since been available for sale across the championship each year.

Bluewater’s water technologies allow major events to provide players, staff, fans, volunteers, and event officials to stay safely hydrated without relying on single-use plastic bottles. The Swedish enterprise offers a broad range of plastic-free premium stainless steel refillable bottles, fully customisable in branding and colour, which clients can sell as collectable merchandise to fans.

Dave Noble, president of Bluewater’s International Events and Venues Division, said: “We pride ourselves on offering people attending large-scale events and venues the best and most innovative and sustainable hydration solutions to ensure they enjoy a truly extraordinary experience.”