Fort among first for ‘top-up taps’

‘It’s yet an­other sign we’re all think­ing more about our beau­ti­ful but frag­ile en­vi­ron­ment’

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Thirsty walk­ers will soon be able to top up re­fill­able wa­ter bot­tles as soon as they cross the fin­ish­ing line of the West High­land Way in Fort Wil­liam's Gor­don Square.

New high-tech ‘top-up-taps’ are part of a scheme the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment hopes will en­cour­age more peo­ple to use re­fill­able bot­tles.

Fort Wil­liam, along with In­ver­ness, will be among the first to get the new taps in­stalled in the spring with the rest in­tro­duced over the course of the next two years.

Each tap will be plumbed into the pub­lic wa­ter sup­ply and fit­ted with tech­nol­ogy which will en­able them to dig­i­tally track wa­ter use, trans­mit­ting the data via cloud tech­nol­ogy to spe­cial­ists man­ag­ing Scot­land’s wa­ter net­works.

Data log­gers in­side pro­vide in­for­ma­tion which can be trans­lated into cost, plas­tic sav­ings and the vol­ume of wa­ter used.

Com­ment­ing at the launch of the ini­tia­tive, Scot­tish Wa­ter chief ex­ec­u­tive Dou­glas Mil­li­can said the cre­ation of a net­work of ‘top-up taps’ across the coun­try is part of the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s ‘Your Wa­ter, Your Life’ cam­paign, which aims to en­cour­age more peo­ple to drink tap wa­ter.

‘Our re­search shows peo­ple feel very pos­i­tively to­wards the qual­ity of Scot­land’s tap wa­ter. Now these taps will al­low wa­ter drinkers to en­joy it while on the go by us­ing re­fill­able bot­tles,’ he said.

The scheme was wel­comed by Lochaber En­vi­ron­men­tal Group which said it was de­lighted to see the in­stal­la­tion of a new drink­ing tap in the High Street.

‘This news is a pos­i­tive de­vel­op­ment for the town and will mean far less use of plas­tic bot­tles which are a prob­lem in pro­duc­tion and dis­posal,’ said a spokesper­son.

‘Re­duc­ing the trans­porta­tion as­so­ci­ated with bot­tled wa­ter as it is trucked huge dis­tances will re­sult in much-needed car­bon sav­ings as we try to tackle the chal­lenges of cli­mate change.

‘It’s yet an­other sign we’re all think­ing more about our beau­ti­ful but frag­ile en­vi­ron­ment which is greatly en­cour­ag­ing.’

The na­tional drive to en­cour­age peo­ple to stay hy­drated and healthy by drink­ing wa­ter from the tap in re­fill­able bot­tles was set out in the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment’s Pro­gramme for Gov­ern­ment 2018-2019. In sum­mer 2018, Scot­tish Wa­ter launched Your Wa­ter, Your Life – a cam­paign to show how top­ping up from the tap can ben­e­fit health and well-be­ing, save money and help re­duce waste and im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment.

Pho­to­graph: Gareth Eas­ton Pho­tog­ra­phy.

Dou­glas Mil­li­can, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Scot­tish Wa­ter, and Roseanna Cunningham, Cab­i­net Sec­re­tary for the En­vi­ron­ment, Cli­mate Change and Land, try out one of the new top-up taps.

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