Tap­ping into great idea for water re­fill points

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Water sam­ples are tested ev­ery two min­utes, on av­er­age, to main­tain qual­ity and en­sure cus­tomers en­joy their sup­ply of Scot­tish drink­ing water.

Li­censed premises are legally bound to serve tap water on re­quest, yet re­search shows Scots are un­com­fort­able ask­ing, some­thing this cam­paign hopes to change.

Cus­tomer re­search car­ried out for Scot­tish Water re­vealed tap is the water of choice for al­most two thirds of peo­ple in Scot­land (65 per cent), and cur­rently over a third (36 per cent) carry re­us­able bot­tles al­ways or of­ten when they are out and about. But less than a third (30 per cent) said they’d be happy to go into a café and ask for their bot­tle to be filled.

On av­er­age a litre bot­tle of water costs about 65p, so top­ping up daily from the tap could save £1.30 a day, nearly £500 a year.

The top-up taps are made from ma­rine-grade steel and are con­nected to the mains water sup­ply, with the first in­stal­la­tion in Ed­in­burgh ex­pected to be com­pleted by the end of Oc­to­ber. Trans­port and En­vi­ron­ment Con­vener, Coun­cil­lor Les­ley Macinnes, said: “We’re de­lighted to be the first lo­ca­tion for Scot­tish Water’s top-up taps which will soon be help­ing peo­ple across the coun­try fill up on tap water with re­us­able bot­tles.

“As a coun­cil we are 100 per cent com­mit­ted to re­duc­ing the amount of plas­tic thrown away and this new scheme is a real step in the right di­rec­tion.”

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