Work to start on Colchester’s new drinking water fountains

The council is installing the new fountains as part of its Better Colchester campaign

Date issued: 13 June 2019

Work to install Colchester’s three new drinking water fountains is due to begin on Monday 17 June. Colchester Borough Council announced earlier this year that it would be installing the new fountains as part of its Better Colchester campaign.

A new drinking water fountain will be installed on the High Street, by the area formerly known as Angels Yard, the week commencing Monday 17 June. During the same week, from Wednesday 19 June, work to install a new drinking water fountain at the Lower Castle Park toilets will also take place.

The drinking water fountain at Hollytrees Museum will be temporarily unavailable, from Wednesday 19 June, while it is replaced with a new one.

The three new drinking water fountains are being introduced to make Colchester an even better place to live, work in and visit. They support Colchester’s Plastic Pledge to reduce the use of single use plastic items, as well as the national Refill campaign to keep Britain hydrated and to help prevent plastic pollution.

Cllr David King, Portfolio Holder for Business and Resources, said: “Our new drinking water fountains will not only offer residents and visitors the opportunity to easily keep hydrated and healthy, they also support our commitment to reduce single use plastic.

“This council is setting an example. We have reduced our plastic waste. We recycle. We encourage businesses to do the same. And we encourage everyone – as the BBC have with their 'War on Plastic' series – to use reusable bottles.

“We all need to cut back or stop using single use bottles and other plastics. Refill your bottle! There are over 25 town centre businesses already signed up to the national Refill campaign. Please download the app and find them and over 20,000 other places. Each will provide free tap water.

“With our fountains and the Refill campaign, we really can make a difference in Colchester and prevent unnecessary plastic pollution. We must act now. And I urge our residents to go out and get a reusable bottle to make the most of the available drinking water in our town.”

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