Fund­ing to in­stall wa­ter foun­tains

Yorkshire Post - - NEWS -

HUN­DREDS OF free pub­lic wa­ter foun­tains will be­gin to be in­stalled across Lon­don next spring as the city takes ac­tion to re­duce plas­tic bot­tle waste.

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

Foun­tains will be lo­cated in shop­ping cen­tres, mu­se­ums, busi­ness districts and large green spaces, and out­side busy sta­tions, with Thames Wa­ter re­spon­si­ble for in­stal­la­tion, main­te­nance, clean­ing and re­pairs.

Green­peace said it looked for­ward to see­ing train sta­tions and air­ports also in­stall free wa­ter foun­tains for cus­tomers.

The av­er­age adult in Lon­don buys 175 plas­tic wa­ter bot­tles a year.

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.”

Over the past year, some 20 drink­ing foun­tains have been in­stalled 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.

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