For under £5k, your community could have an amazing community asset

If you look across Wales, you will find evidence from our past that drinking water sources were a major source of benefit to our society.  Water fountains were built to deliver clean drinking water to those who needed it most.  It consequently helped stop the spread of many diseases, by bringing clean water into homes, and reducing reliance on alcohol (let’s be honest, it was much safer to drink than contaminated river water!)  Sadly, most are now no longer in use.

What has replaced public drinking is single-use plastic bottles.  According to 2017 figures in the Guardian: ‘… 1 million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute and the number will jump another 20% by 2021. Fewer than half of the bottles bought in 2016 were collected for recycling and just 7% of those collected were turned into new bottles…’

If we are going to reduce that 1million per minute, we need to make water more accessible. 

I have been a committee member of the charity 'The Friends of Belle Vue Park, Penarth' for many years,  and many of us were dismayed at the volume of plastic bottle waste in our park.  We decided to build a new accessible drinking water fountain with an additional bottle refill point.

It has been a great success, and consequently, my local authority (Vale of Glamorgan) has begun to roll this out in other parks. 

The attached 1-page document by the Friends of Belle Vue Park takes you through the costs, challenges and technical points on how to get a fantastic drinking water fountain - bought and installed for under £5k.

Are you involved with a project to install drinking water fountains? let us know 

David Wilton , Director , TPAS Cymru 

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Below are children enjoying our fountain in this Penarth park

Drinking Water fountain at Belle Vue Park, Penarth, Wales3 tier accessible water fountain in Penarthsee need to see them everywhere. Cinerma used by Rhondda Housing AGM