Atlanta airport adds water refilling stations

ATLANTA — Atlanta's airport has installed water refilling stations as part of its effort to cut down on the use of disposable water bottles.

The refilling stations on concourses A and T dispense filtered water. Similar stations already exist at some other major airports, including San Francisco International and Chicago's O'Hare and Midway airports.

They're part of a pilot program to encourage travelers to reuse bottles and reduce trash at the airport. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport plans to monitor the refilling stations to decide whether to install them at other locations.

Airport refilling stations are partly a result of security restrictions on liquids that took effect in 2006 and which keep passengers from taking bottles of water through security checkpoints.