Drinking fountains brought back in a bid to reduce single-use plastic
Wednesday 12 June: More drinking fountains are being installed in Hillingdon's parks and open spaces in a bid to reduce plastic waste.
In the past year Hillingdon Council has introduced 15 fountains, with an extra 17 set to be added by the end of the month.
The initiative is aimed at reducing the amount of plastic waste that ends up in landfill or as litter in the borough's streets and waterways.
Councillor Jonathan Bianco, Hillingdon Council's Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Business Services, said: "Drinking fountains were phased out in Hillingdon in the late 1980s. But like many councils, we're growing increasingly concerned about plastic waste and are putting initiatives in place to encourage more people to stop using plastic bottles and cups in favour of reusable ones.
"So, whether you're walking, jogging, playing a sport or using one of the playgrounds in our award-winning parks, we encourage you to use the fountains to refill."
Each water station includes a main bottle filler and two mixed-level bubbler taps that dispense water to fill bottles or catch in the mouth. One of the taps is at an accessible height for children and people with disabilities, and the other is at ground level for pets.
All of the fountains are easy to operate with the simple push of a button. A self-closing feature and quick draining basins prevent wasted water and spillages.
For more information on our parks, open spaces and for a full list of where all the fountains will be located, visit www.hillingdon.gov.uk/greenspaces.