‘City water fountains would cut dependence on plastic bottles’

‘City water fountains would cut dependence on plastic bottles’

CITY Hall is to consider installing water fountains in public places to cut the use of plastic bottles.

A motion submitted by Councillor Mick Nugent (SF) calls for drinking fountains to be installed in public areas with high footfall, and it will be discussed by the council’s environmental and recreation committee.

Dublin City Council has already teamed up with Cool Planet — a charity raising awareness on climate change — to identify locations for a pilot scheme of public fountains.

South Dublin County Council is also working on proposals for water fountains.

Mr Nugent said the fountains would be ideal in public parks and could drastically could cut plastic waste in the city. He added that the idea could be rolled out at Marina Park and Tramore Valley Park, which is due to open this summer.

“I am expecting a report from the next environment committee on this. It has already been done in Dublin, where the council there have paired up with a group called Cool Planet,” said Mr Nugent.

“The idea is reducing the use of single-use plastics. This could be done in parks or walkways, so people can just bring along their own reusable containers, if they are going out for a jog. You see a lot of people with bottles on them out running and the idea is they can stop and fill up.

“It would be ideal at the new Marina Park and the Tramore Valley Park, or even somewhere like Fitzgerald Park, when people are hanging around for an hour or so. Rather than going down to a shop and buying another plastic water bottle and throwing it into a bin or throwing it away, they could simply fill up from the fountain,” he added.

In London, water fountains were installed last summer, with 8,000 litres of water dispensed from one on Liverpool Street. That is the equivalent of 16,000 standard plastic bottles of water in the first weeks of use.

Another fountain, on Carnaby Street, was used 10,000 times in less than two months.

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