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New water fountain will help to tackle plastic waste

A new water fountain has been unveiled in Kingston Town Centre. This will provide water for all as and when they need it as well as being a part of Kingston Council’s plans to discourage plastic waste in the form of single use bottles.

A new water fountain has been unveiled in Kingston Town Centre.

This will provide water for all as and when they need it as well as being a part of Kingston Council’s plans to discourage plastic waste in the form of single use bottles.

The fountain, located in Kingston Town Market Place, is the first of a number of new fountains to be installed across the borough. 

It was officially opened to the public on Friday 22 March by Councillor Caroline Kerr, Chair of the Kingston Town Neighbourhood Committee. 

Cllr Caroline Kerr, Chair of the Kingston Town Neighbourhood Committee, said:

“I am delighted Kingston is playing a role in helping reduce plastic waste. By providing public drinking fountains and re-introducing on-street recycling bins, we will be doing our bit to protect our precious environment.”

The first person to use the new fountain was Councillor Jon Tolley who has campaigned for the new fountain. 

Cllr Jon Tolley, Portfolio Holder for Resident Engagement, said:

“Water fountains not only help reduce unnecessary plastic waste, but also provide clean and readily available drinking water for rough sleepers, cyclists, families, my favourite springer spaniel, and anyone else. After years of campaigning, I’m happy the first of several public water fountains is finally in place. ”

The introduction of more public water fountains is just one of a number of initiatives the council is hoping will reduce plastic waste. Another is encouraging the use of collapsible, reusable bottles which were given out at the unveiling to promote the council’s Go Cycle programme.