50 new water fountains will be installed across London in an effort to reduce plastic waste and its associated impact on the environment, Sadiq Khan has announced.
The Mayor of London has partnered with Thames Water to create a 'network' of new free water fountains, situated in 20 rail and Underground stations around the capital, on high streets, in parks and green spaces, shopping districts and business hubs.
Two are being unveiled this week in Ealing – in Melbourne Avenue and by the Hanwell Clock Tower – with a further 48 launched over the coming months. Blackfriars station, Russell Square in Camden and the Old London Road in Kingston are amongst the areas which will benefit.
The new fountains will be conspicuous by their vibrant blue 'water drop' design. Each will also be fitted with a measuring device, calculating how much water has been dispensed and by extension, how many plastic bottles have been saved.
”With plastics polluting our oceans and causing untold harm to life in our rivers and waterways, it’s vital that we all make changes to reduce plastic waste," says the Mayor.
"Delivering more water fountains in London and ensuring that our shops and cafes offer free tap water is an important part of my work to help Londoners easily make small changes that will have a big environmental impact.
"Our network of water fountains will help people refill on the go and become much-loved additions to our public spaces, stations and busy areas of the capital."
Steve Spencer, chief operating officer at Thames Water, says: “London’s tap water is world class and we’re celebrating this by building a network of water fountains so it’s even more accessible to people on the move.
"Tap water is incredible value for money and just as good as bottled water but without the plastic packaging so we want people to enjoy it by using the fountains."
The new 50-strong fountain network will join the chain of 28 already in operation, through the Mayor and Zoological Society of London's #OneLess Campaign initiative.
Two of these fountains are situated in Liverpool Street station, and in under one month, 8,000 litres of drinking water were dispensed – saving an estimated 16,000 water bottles.