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Ecowell heads south to quench dream

A Moscow, Idaho, company originally formed from a Washington State University student project is leaving the area.

Ecowell is a plastic-free beverage vending machine connected to a water source. Users can choose hot, cold or carbonated water. They can add flavors to their drink, as well as manipulate how much of what flavor to use. The drink is dispensed into the user’s personal bottle or cup.

Ecowell machines in eight locations on the Palouse and in Spokane are being removed as soon as possible so the company can move to the San Francisco Bay area this summer, the Moscow-Pullman Daily News reports.

Three WSU students in the Harold Frank Engineering Entrepreneurship Institute, which includes engineering and business students, created the product with an accompanying marketing strategy in 2009.

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