Bubbler review: King Street bubbler

May 18, 2013 at 6:00 am
King Street bubbler

King Street bubbler

Located at the St. James end of King Street, this is a perplexing bubbler. It is very short [around 70cm high]. At first I thought it might be purpose-built for children but its location just doesn’t make sense. My observations of the city’s public spaces have taught me that families hang out in the parks, Darling Harbour and Circular Quay, not outside the Law School. I next thought it might be more accessible for people in wheelchairs but I can’t see how they could easily drink from it. I’m stumped.

: The bubbler was clean but the hoardings surrounding the nearby building have created the type of secluded spot favoured by public urinators…it reeks! [2/5]

Water quality: Clear and cool [3/5]

Spray reliability: The water jet is strong and consistent.  [3/5]

Ease of use: The bubbler is very low; perfect for children but quite difficult for adults to use.  [2/5]

Aesthetic qualities: This bubbler blends into the background and has a clinical feel because of its stainless steel bowl.  [1/5]

Star rating**