Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, announces there will be public drinking fountains across the capital from Brixton to North Acton to Beckenham.
Thousands of litres of water have already been drunk by thirsty Londoners following the installation of the first four water fountains earlier this year. Sustain supports the installation fo public water fountains as a major tool in reducing the use of disposable plastic and providing thirst-quenching alternatives to sugary drinks.
Four of the water fountains have already been installed in Kingly Court, Westminster, Redbridge and two in Liverpool Street Station. More than 8,000 litres of drinking water, the equivalent of 16,000 water bottles, has been dispensed from the Liverpool Street Station fountains in less than one month.
London’s 20 new drinking fountains:
Kingly Court, Carnaby St
Liverpool Street Station #1
Liverpool Street Station #2
Heart of Valentines Park, Redbridge
Bexleyheath town centre
North Acton station square
Windrush Square, Brixton
Beckhenham Place Park
Horniman Museum and Gardens
Paddington Recreation Ground
St Thomas’ Hospital
Swiss Cottage Open Space
Nisbett Walk, Sidcup town centre
Natural History Museum
St Alban’s Street, St James’s
The London School of Economics and Political Science
Sadiq Khan, said that the need of water fountains has been particularly acute with the recent heatwave:
“Water fountains are a simple but effective way to encourage Londoners and visitors to ditch plastic bottles and instead refill reusable ones. With the hot weather we’ve seen this summer, the demand is greater than ever for quick and easy ways of accessing free drinking water and I’m pleased to confirm the locations for the first 20 of our new public water fountains. Some of these are already attracting thousands of visitors a day and City Hall are working on plans to secure many more across London.”
The Mayor also supports Refill London, which has so far recruited over 2,000 London shops, businesses, venues and cafes including Costa, Tate Modern, BFI Imax and Leon to provide free tap water to members of the public and isa partnership between City to Sea, Mayor of London and Thames Water.
The drinking water fountains will provide a free alternative to drinking high-sugar carbonated drinks, and support the Mayor's package of measures to cut child obesity, which also include proposals to ban advertisements for unhealthy food and drinks that are high in fat, salt or sugar across the entire Transport for London (TfL) estate.
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