Mayor reveals location of London’s first 20 new public water fountains

Tuesday August 28th, 2018

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has confirmed the locations of the first 20 new public water fountains he is funding in busy stations, shopping centres, museums, business districts and othervenues across London.Sadiq Khan

The fountains are part of the Mayor’s work to cut plastic waste by reducing single-use plastic bottles and instead encouraging people to refill rather than buy bottled water.

Four of the fountains have already been installed – atHeart of Valentines Park, Redbridge, Kingly Court, off Carnaby Street, Westminster,and two at Liverpool Street Station – and are proving popular.

More than 8,000 litres of drinking water, the equivalent of 16,000 water bottles, has been dispensed from the Liverpool Street Station fountains in less than one month. The Kingly Court fountain, off Carnaby Street, one of London’s busiest shopping areas, has been used more than 10,000 times a month this summer.

The Mayor has worked with the Zoological Society of London’s (ZSL) #OneLess campaign to secure the locations of the fountains. ZSL assessed the site applications on accessibility, visibility and footfall to ensure water refills are available for as many Londoners as possible. The Mayor partnered with MIW Water Cooler Experts on a London Drinking Fountain Fund to provide up to £85,000 to finance the installation of fountains.

The locations of the fountains were confirmed as statistics compiled by ZSL’sOneLess campaign estimatedthat the average Londoner buys more than three plastic water bottles a week – 175 bottles a year. In the whole of the UK, some 7.7 billion plastic bottles are bought every year.

The drinking water fountains will provide a free alternative to drinking high-sugar carbonated drinks, and support the Mayor’s package of measures to cut child obesity, which also include proposals to ban advertisements for unhealthy food and drinks that are high in fat, salt or sugar across the entire Transport for London (TfL) estate.

Confirmed locations are:

  • Kingly Court, off Carnaby Street, Westminster
  • Liverpool Street Station, near the Underground entrance
  • Liverpool Street Station, near Bishopsgate exit
  • Heart of Valentines Park, Redbridge
  • Bexleyheath Town Centre, Bexley
  • North Acton Station Square in Ealing
  • Windrush Square, Brixton
  • Ladywell fields, Lewisham
  • Beckenham Place Park, Lewisham
  • Horniman Museum and Gardens, Lewisham
  • Paddington Recreation Ground, Westminster
  • Acton park, near the new skate park, Ealing,
  • Guy’s Hospital, Southwark
  • St Thomas’ Hospital, Lambeth
  • Swiss Cottage Open Space, Camden
  • Camberwell Green, Southwark
  • Nisbett Walk, Sidcup Town Centre in Bexley
  • The Natural History Museum, RB Kensington and Chelsea
  • South St Alban’s Street, St James (off Haymarket)
  • The London School of Economics and Political Science

The Mayor also supports Refill London, which has so far recruited over 2,000 London shops, businesses, venues and cafes including Costa, Tate Modern, BFI Imax and Leon to provide free tap water to members of the public and isa partnership between City to Sea, Mayor of London and Thames Water.

Refill London ran a tap bar at this weekend’s Notting Hill Carnival with volunteers on hand to help people fill up their own bottles with free water.

The Mayor is working with partners on plans to install further fountains over the next three years.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said:

“Water fountains are a simple but effective way to encourage Londoners and visitors to ditch plastic bottles and instead refill reusable ones. With the hot weather we’ve seen this summer, the demand is greater than ever for quick and easy ways of accessing free drinking water and I’m pleased to confirm the locations for the first 20 of our new public water fountains. Some of these are already attracting thousands of visitors a day and City Hall are working on plans to secure many more across London.”

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