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New drinking water fountains coming to Colchester

The water fountains will help reduce the use of single-use plastic bottles

Date issued: 8 November 2018

Colchester Borough Council will bring new drinking water fountains to Colchester in 2019.

In support of Colchester’s Plastic Pledge, the water fountains will help reduce the use of single-use plastic bottles. The project also supports the Better Colchester campaign to make Colchester welcoming and to support the health and wellbeing of residents and visitors.

The council has commissioned Colchester Borough Homes to carry out a formal and costed feasibility study. Up to five locations will be considered for the new water fountains. These include reopening old water fountains and providing modern ones.

The feasibility study is due to be completed by the end of November 2018, with estimated completion of works in summer 2019. Some of the sites may require planning permission.

Cllr David King, Portfolio Holder for Resources, said: “We want more residents and visitors to join the Refill revolution, to move away from single use plastic bottles and to keep healthy and hydrated.

“I know the water fountains will be received as practical, helpful and welcoming. I hope that this can also include a revival of our older water fountains.

“We need to take every opportunity we can to make the most of our history and our heritage. Our Better Colchester campaign is helping make this happen and I am proud we’re taking this action.”

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