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Refill app promotes tap water in Bristol

People in Bristol are being encouraged to fill up bottles with tap water from the City's shops and restaurants as part of a partnership between Bristol Water and environmental group City to Sea.

Refill Bristol is a free tap-water refill scheme with more than 200 participating venues in Bristol, including cafes, restaurants, opticians, dentists and doctors’ surgeries. The venues agree to give members of the public access to their tap water on request, with people able to download a free map app to check the location of the nearest refilling point.

With this network of refill stations in place, the focus is now on encouraging Bristolians to remember to carry a reusable bottle and use it to refill rather than throwing away money on single-use plastic bottled drinks. With this in mind, Bristol Water is selling a range of durable stainless steel bottles online, with £1 from each purchase going to WaterAid and £1 going to City to Sea.

Founder of City to Sea Natalie Fee said: “The Refill Bristol campaign has two main aims; to reduce the numbers of plastic bottles and bottle tops littering our streets and waterways and to help promote money-saving, healthy hydration.”

Bristol Water’s Customer Services Director Ben Newby said: “As a father of three I know how expensive it is to buy bottled water when I’m out with my family, and the environmental costs are huge too. Refill is fantastic, simple idea and we are delighted to be on board helping City to Sea promote it in Bristol.”

Refill Bristol was originally developed as part of the Bristol 2015 European Green Capital project, with City to Sea and its partner organisations signing up businesses to take part. Now for 2016, and with new partner Bristol Water, the campaign aims to make Bristol the first city where carrying and refilling water bottles is the norm.

Bristol Water will also be operating a ‘Refill water bar’ at three large forthcoming events in the city: Pride on July 9th, Redfest on August 6th and the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta on August 11-14th.

For more details visit www.refillbristol.org.uk

Author: James Brockett,
Topic: Innovation
Tags: Bristol , water

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