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Reduce bottle waste: Water fountains in Manly

Posted in Models by Kate Archdeacon on July 27th, 2009

 Source: InDesign Live

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 The Bottled Water Alliance, with Do Something! and filtered water supplier Culligan Water, aims to reduce the waste created by the bottled water industry by bringing fresh filtered water to the streets.

The program involves installing fountains and taps to provide water to the residents and visitors to Manly, Sydney. This in turn should encourage people to buy less bottled water – the plastic from which generally ends up in landfill or as litter after a single use.

Design company Street Furniture Australia won a tender to supply their unique ‘Fountain Head’ drinking fountains for the project, and the BWA have since installed six packages – of fountain and tap stations – around Manly, with plans to install another 14.

“‘Fountain Head’ is a direct response to problems evident in existing bubblers, such as poor hygiene, unreliability, vandalism and poor disabled access,” says SFA’s June Lee Boxsell.

The BWA program is said to have reduced Manly Council’s garbage collection volume by 30-40% and prevented the purchase of around 150,000 litres of bottle water – potentially 250,000 plastic bottles that may have ended up as litter or landfill.

Source:   A Watered Alliance: InDesignLive

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