New Water Refill Points
Installations by Easter 2019 latest
As a environmentally aware and conscious Council, Saffron Walden Town Council has announced that it will be installing water drinking points in a variety of locations across the Town including The Common Play Area, Bridge End Garden, Jubilee Garden, Close Garden, Skatepark and by Golden Acre Community Centre and play area. In addition, a water supply to the drinking fountain in Market Square will be re-established. Programmes such as Sir David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II have helped propel the problem of single-use plastic into public consciousness. A number of Town Councillors have already expressed concern on this matter and this agreement to install drinking fountains will provide fresh drinking water for free, as well as being a drinks refill point.
The aim is to decrease the volume of single use plastic bottles and people will be encouraged to make use of these drinking facilities. Most of the water refill points will be new installations and will therefore require new pipe work and it is hoped that these water points will be installed by Easter 2019 latest. Funding of £3,417 has been kindly donated by UDC under their Community Project Scheme and balances will be met from Town Council funds. Saffron Walden Town Council is proud to be at the forefront of change in Saffron Walden, noting that this simple initiative aims to save people money (negating the need to purchase water in plastic bottles) whilst also saving our environment. Regan Harris from Anglian Water notes that ““The average household bill for water is just £1.15 a day for everything you might need – washing, bathing and drinking – that’s comparable to the price of a single large bottle of shop-bought water or a take away coffee. Plus after reusing your plastic bottle a couple of times, it effectively becomes carbon neutral.”
Additionally, the Tourist Information Centre is proud to be a member of the free tap water refill scheme and members of the public are also welcome to ask them to refill drinking bottles with tap water. Local retailers and outlets are further encouraged to participate in this initiative and further details can be found on line at www.refill.org.uk or contact the TIC on 01799 524002
Posted on 09/06/2018