New drinking water fountains and bottle filling points have been keeping residents and visitors cool during the sunny summer season.
And dog owners have enjoyed giving their pets a well-earned drink during their daily walks!
Fresh, clean drinking water
Earlier this year, the council worked with Southern Water to install five water filler units in busy parts of the city centre, including travel hubs and exercise routes, in a bid to provide fresh, clean drinking water cut down on plastic bottle use and reduce litter.
The filling stations are at:
- Hove Town Hall
- Brighton Station
- Hove Lagoon
- Hove Lawns
- Churchill Square
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 and burning plastic that’s been thrown away, pumps 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.
Providing free drinking water refill stations in busy areas of the city, is reducing the need to buy plastic bottles. The units also include water fountains so there’s no need to use a bottle if you’re on the go!
Council leader Phélim Mac Cafferty, said: “As the hot weather continues its important for us all to stay hydrated.
“So, it’s great that we are able to make fresh, free, clean drinking water readily available.
“The fountains, located in the city centre and on the seafront, are incredibly handy for residents and visitors alike. You can conveniently refill flasks or bottles removing the need to buy plastic bottle after plastic bottle of water.
“Using a refillable water bottle is one small but important action everyone can take to reduce plastic waste and help reduce our impact on the planet.
“The pandemic sadly saw a huge rise in the use of singe use plastics, but I’m really pleased that these fountains are helping all of us redouble our efforts to reduce and prevent waste."
Safe to use
The water fillers are safe to use, with health risks minimised through regular cleaning and maintenance.
- Daily cleaning and sterilising
- Regular water testing
- Twice yearly inspection, internal sterilisation and maintenance
- Daily reporting of damage
- Locating the units in shady areas, away from potential contamination such as overhanging trees.
The fillers 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.