Eleven new water stations are being installed across the Northern Beaches to make it easier for local residents to access drinking water when they are out and about this summer.
Northern Beaches Council and Sydney Water have partnered on the project, with Sydney Water donating eight of the stations.
The conveniently-located stations will offer a range of benefits.
This initiative will help local environment by reducing the amount of plastic bottles going to landfill and polluting bushland or ending up in the ocean or other waterways.
The fountains have been installed at popular outdoor locations for reusable bottles to be filled up.
Furthermore, single-use plastic and polystyrene products including bottled water will be discouraged from use and sale at local public events under the Waste Minimisation at Functions and Events Policy. Council’s waste education team will be working with event organisers and stall holders to transition to this new policy and improve environmental performance.
Water stations will also provide a positive health initiative – an alternative to sugary drinks.
The water stations will help family budgets by providing free water, rather than having to purchase bottled water.
The water station locations include Careel Bay, Avalon Beach, Newport Beach, Kitchener Park in Mona Vale, Terrey Hills Oval, Beacon Hill Oval, John Fisher Park in North Curl Curl, Weldon Oval in Curl Curl, Freshwater Beach, David Thomas Reserve in Manly Vale and Tania Park in Seaforth.
The water fountains are already installed: Careel Bay, Kitchener Park, Mona Vale, Newport Beach, Freshwater Beach, David Thomas Reserve in Manly Vale and Abbott Road Park in Curl Curl. The rest are scheduled in the next couple of months.
From Northern Beaches Council.