Funding to install water fountains
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.