Water Bottle Fillers/Drinking Fountains


We need to reduce the usage of single use plastic bottles etc. Many people buy these because they have no alternative. Lots of people are willing to carry re-uable bottles (and many do) but there are far too few refilling points. Having bottle fillers/water fountains located in the parks will significantly reduce the amount of single-use bottles bought and thrown away.  Even for those not seeking a bottle refill, water fountains would be a useful service to many!!!

We have them at the Airport, (and many other cities have them in lots of places) so health and safety/hygiene reasons cannot be used as an excuse for not deploying more.

Why the contribution is important

This initiative could be a really important step forward to:

1. Reduce waste and hence be more environmentally friendly

2. Reduce littering as people throw away single use bottles

3. Reduce littering as less bottles being placed in/near the bins = less waste being blown around like we sometimes see.

I hope you agree.


by CECmaxweld on July 28, 2020 at 09:51AM

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  • Posted by ryanb July 31, 2020 at 08:45

    Having stations where travellers can fill up their own bottles is an excellent way to encourage people to drink a healthy amount of water each day while becoming more environmentally friendly as you said above, Maxweld. It also enables our spaces to be more accessible - you're not going to keep walking/being active if you're thirsty and just ran out of water!

    My only question is... who would maintain the most isolated of water stations? The Airport has the benefit of many staff to do this, however the Pentlands for example is extremely isolated. Perhaps this maintenance could be added to one of City of Edinburgh Council's existing teams?
  • Posted by CECmaxweld August 04, 2020 at 08:17

    Very valid point Ryanb. I suppose it all comes down to any 'health and safety' regulation that HAS to be applied here. The options would be at a guess:
    1. Nothing- people apply common sense and look at the cleanliness of the nozzle/handle before they use it. (the handle probably irrelevant as no one has to clean handles on gates into the parks...)
    2. A small sign stating something along the lines that 'This fountain isn't cleaned daily- use is therefore at your own risk' etc
    3. The Council have it added to their responsibilities. I'm unsure who would need to clean them- ie would the Council staff who empty the bins (how often is this- every few days?) be allowed to do it?

    Hopefully someone informed can provide guidance on the above. I'll email the airport as a query- may be useful for comparison reasons....
  • Posted by CECmaxweld August 04, 2020 at 08:58

    Actually, theres lots of guidance out there. Heres just 1 doc I found:
    I'll let the Council comment, as overall I'd hope they install/maintain them. Another cleaning option would be members of the public ie 'Friends of the Meadows, Friends of Inverleith Park' etc. However Council would be the most robust solution.

    Taking Inverleith Park as an example:

    A number- could be on the side of the existing 2 Council buildings- the green hut, or the one opposite the swingpark. Both already have running water. Yes its possible people could walk to The Botanic Gardens to get free water but thats a 5min walk from where many people in the park are.

    The latter would be ideal as it hosts many Council staff on a daily basis from the 'Parks Division'

    As an aside, there are apps to help the Public find the nearest loos and refill stations. For the latter, https://refill.org.uk/get-the-refill-app/
  • Posted by DianeCassidy August 05, 2020 at 14:52

    interesting ideas - what do other people think?
  • Posted by Sselbie August 15, 2020 at 09:59

    I think this is a brilliant idea!
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