Foun­tain plan to cut use of plas­tic bot­tles

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - NEWS - AN­DREW WOODCOCK

A net­work of hun­dreds of free pub­lic wa­ter foun­tains is to be in­stalled across Lon­don in a bid to cut down on plas­tic bot­tle waste.

Lon­don Mayor Sadiq Khan an­nounced a part­ner­ship with Thames Wa­ter to sup­port the scheme with a £5 mil­lion fund open to coun­cils, busi­nesses, venues and other out­lets to help pay for the drink­ing points.

The scheme aims to re­duce the 175 plas­tic wa­ter bot­tles bought each year by the av­er­age adult in the cap­i­tal.

The first foun­tains should start ap­pear­ing in spring 2019, lo­cated in shop­ping cen­tres, mu­se­ums, busi­ness dis­tricts and large green spa­ces and out­side busy sta­tions.

Some 20 drink­ing foun­tains have been in­stalled over the past year in Lon­don, with more than 8,000 litres of drink­ing wa­ter - the equiv­a­lent of 16,000 wa­ter bot­tles - dis­pensed in less than a month from two at Liver­pool Street sta­tion alone.

Mr Khan said: “For many years, our pub­lic wa­ter foun­tains were dis­carded and ne­glected, whilst sin­gle-use plas­tic waste soared.

“We’re de­ter­mined to re­verse that trend.”

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