A network of high-tech public water refill points has been introduced across the country by Scottish water to encourage people to top up from the tap using refillable bottles, there are only 10 of these across the country so far and one is situated in Queensbury Square Dumfries.

A team from scottish water are in Dumfries today , Tuesday 26th of February 2019, handing out FREE reusable water bottles to passers-by. They are encouraging people to fill up the bottles and use them and to take a photo and share it with the tags #YourWaterYourLife

The project will see Scottish Water Top up Taps installed in around 30 towns and cities over the next two years.

Scottish Water plans to work with every local authority to identify suitable locations. The aim was to have the first ten Top up Taps installed by the end of March 2019.  T

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

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

Douglas Millican, Scottish Water Chief Executive, said: “The creation of a new network of public Top up Taps across the country as part of our Your Water, Your Life campaign, is a significant boost in encouraging more people to choose to drink tap water in their daily lives.
“Our research shows that people feel very positively towards the quality of Scotland’s tap water – now these state-of-the-art taps can provide access to enable water drinkers to enjoy it while on the go by carrying and using refillable bottles.”

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.

Last Summer (2018) Scottish Water launched Your Water, Your Life – a campaign to show how topping up from the tap can benefit health and wellbeing, saves money and helps reduce waste and impact on the environment.

Customer research carried out for Scottish Water, highlights that tap is the water of choice for almost two thirds of people in Scotland (65 per cent), and currently over a third (36 per cent) carry reusable bottles always or often when they are out and about.

The utility aims to use the new Top up Taps as a catalyst to encourage more people to choose to carry a refillable bottle – with less than a third of people (30 per cent) stating they’d be happy to go into a café and ask for their bottle to be filled.

The Top up Taps are made from marine-grade steel and are connected safely and securely to the mains water supply with public health and legislative requirements fully taken into account and inspections carried out regularly.

The first installation in Edinburgh was completed by the end of October.

Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said: “I am delighted that our Programme for Government commitment to pilot the creation of a network of public water refill points is coming to fruition so quickly. By encouraging people to top up from the tap using refillable bottles, we will help cut down on our use of plastics and promote the benefits of hydration building on Scottish Water’s Your Water, Your Life campaign. I now look forward to refilling my bottle at the Top up Tap outside the parliament in the coming months.”
Transport and Environment Convener, Councillor Lesley Macinnes, said: “We’re delighted to be the first location for Scottish Water’s Top up Taps, which will soon be helping people across the country fill up on tap water with reusable bottles. As a Council we are 100% committed to reducing the amount of plastic thrown away and this new scheme is a real step in the right direction.”

For further information visit yourwateryourlife.co.uk