Scottish Water has unveiled the primary of its new purpose-built ‘Top up Taps’ outdoor the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh lately.  The public replenish stations will probably be rolled out in round 30 cities and towns all the way through Scotland over the following two years, encouraging other folks to best up their refillable bottles while at the pass.

Roseanna Cunningham, cupboard secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land and Douglas Millican, leader government, Scottish Water

The Top up Taps are a part of a brand new breed of high-tech strong hygienic fountains equipped by means of British company MIW Water Cooler Experts, which previous this 12 months helped identify the London Drinking Fountain Fund, putting in water stations throughout London as a part of the #OneLess motion with the Greater London Authority.  MIW used to be additionally at the back of the consuming fountains put in in Borough Market, ZSL London Zoo, Wimbledon Tennis Club and Heathrow Airport.

Scottish Water plans to paintings with each native authority to spot appropriate places and objectives to have the primary 10 Top up Taps put in by means of the tip of March 2019.  Other websites being regarded as come with Glasgow, Ayr, Dumfries, Dunfermline, Fort William, Milngavie, Oban, Inverness and Aberdeen.

The dedication to piloting a community of public replenish issues used to be set out by means of the Scottish Government in its 2018 Programme for Government.

The Top up Tap set up programme paperwork a part of Scottish Water’s ‘Your Water Your Life’ marketing campaign, which objectives to focus on the advantages that topping up with faucet water can deliver with regards to well being and wellbeing, price, waste relief and affect at the surroundings.

Each unit is created from marine-grade metal and will probably be plumbed into the mains water provide and fitted with era by means of MIW Water Cooler Experts which is able to permit water utilization to be digitally tracked at each and every location. The application corporate will be capable of quantify the relief in single-use plastic bottles and the amount of water utilized by the general public.

Douglas Millican, Scottish Water leader government, stated: “The introduction of a brand new community of public Top up Taps around the nation as a part of our Your Water, Your Life marketing campaign, is an important spice up in encouraging extra other folks to select to drink faucet water of their day by day lives.

“Our research shows that people feel very positively towards the quality of Scotland’s tap water – now these state-of-the-art taps can provide access to enable water drinkers to enjoy it while on the go by carrying and using refillable bottles.”

Mike Winter, CEO, MIW Water Cooler Experts, stated: “With 16 million plastic bottles ending up in landfill or polluting waterways in the UK every day and plastic bottles taking up to 450 years to break down, it’s essential that we ditch our reliance on single-use plastic for refreshment.  Scottish Water’s commitment to providing a network of refill stations is a fantastic step to reducing plastic waste.  These latest models of outdoor refill stations are specially designed to be durable, fast and accessible to those with physical disabilities, making them ideal for high traffic public areas.”