Tapping into water project

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JOHN.COSGROVE@nullcluthaleader.co.nz

Milton has adopted a new sustainable water project.

The Tap in to Water Project supports a drive by health services in Otago and Southland to choose water over sweetened and sugar drinks.

Sustainability projects co-ordinator for Project Bruce, Catherine Paul, said water was the best choice for our health, finances and the environment.

In celebration of Plastic Free July, Project Bruce is calling on Milton residents to bring and use their own cup at the town’s cafes and petrol stations.

hung up at the town’s two service stations, three cafes, pubs, take away shops and other dairies advising residents and visitors they can use their own cup and refill their water bottles free of charge inside.

“We already have most of the service businesses on board here in Milton and it is a very positive step forward,” Ms Paul said.

“People are able to come in and refill their drink bottle for free if they see the sticker on the window of the shop or garage.

“It is a wonderful initiative which helps to reduce single-use plastic while also benefiting our health and reducing the burden on our wallets.”

Ms Paul said that as well as spreading the word about business champions allowing water bottle refills as part of the Tap in to Water project, the Project Bruce team was also working with schools to become water-promoting environments; with sports clubs to promote tap water as the healthiest choice, and supporting community events and festivals to allow them to supply and promote low-cost and free water.

“We advocate for water refill stations in environments where children, young people, and families gather, and will support the supply and promotion of water at council facilities, public environments and events,” she said.

Other initiatives Project Bruce are looking at to help spread the message about water include cup libraries – take it away, wash it and bring it back to use again – and encouraging workers to bring their own water bottles to work.

“This idea is very similar to ones they use in tertiary institutions,” Ms Paul said.

“It’s all about making positive changes to the way we look at plastics.”