Brighton & Hove City Council has installed 6 new water fountains in the city to help reduce plastic waste and provide access to healthy, free drinking water on the go.
New Living Coast branded water fountains have been installed across Brighton & Hove thanks to Brighton & Hove City Council.
The Council have been working with Southern Water to get the new fountains and bottle refill points installed, ready for the busy summer season. The new fountains are located in busy parts of the city centre, including travel hubs and exercise routes. The new fountains and refill points will make it easier for people to avoid buying unecessary single use bottled drinks by providing free access to drinking water. This will reduce the amount of plastic waste in our city and marine environment as well as provide a free and healthy option to rehydrate.
Reducing plastic waste
As a nation, we use more than 7 billion plastic water bottles a year creating a mountain of plastic waste. Plastic production, reclamation and disposal emits greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, contributing to climate change.
Plastic bottles also end up in our countryside and sea, choking wildlife and taking hundreds of years to break down.
A healthier choice
The drinking water fountains also support the city’s Sugar Smart campaigns to help residents and visitors access healthier food and drink options. The recommended daily intake of sugar for someone aged 11 or over is a maximum of 30g or 7.5 teaspoons. However, some of the leading brands of fizzy drinks contain 13 teaspoons or nearly double the recommended daily intake in a standard 500ml bottle. Drinking water contains 0g of sugar, making it a much healthier option.
Where are they?
The new water fountains have been installed at 6 locations across the city:
- Hove Lawns next to public toilets (opposite First Avenue)
- Hove Lagoon skate park
- Churchill Square next to westbound bus stops
- Hove Town Hall next to Church Road bus stop
- Brighton Station next to the southbound bus stop
Installing the water fountains has been a priority for the council for some time, and the six were due to be installed in 2020, but plans were put on hold due to the increase in COVID -19 infections.
However, now that restrictions have been lifted and there is much more known about the transmission of the coronavirus, the council and public health teams are confident that the water stations can be safely installed, and any health risks minimised with the regular cleaning and maintenance schedule that has been implemented.
The fountains also operate with a hands-free, push activation system, which allows bottles to be filled by pressing down onto a platform to avoid the bottleneck touching the fill spout.
Usage of the fountains will be monitored – so we hope to be able to report back on how many refills the fountains have provided in the future!