Bubbler Review. State Library of NSW, Macquarie Street

April 16, 2013 at 4:00 pm
SLNSW bubbler

SLNSW bubbler

This bubbler was being used by a small boy, held aloft by his mother, when I first approached it. I spoke to some young students who were hanging around and asked them if they use it. They said they never do as there is free filtered water in the Library. It appears to be popular with lunchtime runners returning to their offices after exercising in the Domain and some of the rough sleepers who spend time in the area.

Cleanliness: The bubbler was clean. The basin has lots of odd scratches on it which intrigue me as I can’t think of how they get there – maybe people’s watches? [4/5]


Water quality: Clear and cool [3/5]

Spray reliability: Strong spray [3/5]

Ease of use: It is easy to use although the water has a habit of occasionally gushing up in an arc before settling back down. [3/5]

Aesthetic qualities: Situated underneath a canopy of trees outside the Library it is a pleasant place to stop. The bubbler is painted in what I think of as ‘City of Sydney’ green – and blends well into its surroundings. [4/5]

Star rating: ***

SLNSW bubbler bowl

SLNSW bubbler bowl