Work has started on the first wave of 100 public drinking water fountains to be installed in a drive to cut single-use plastics across London.
The first of the new fountains – which people are encouraged to use to refill their own bottles – are being installed from this week, predominantly in tube and mainline train stations, shopping centres, markets and recreation grounds. Designed to withstand outdoor temperatures and all weathers, the fountains are attached to the mains water supply and feature a distinctive design with a giant blue “waterdrop” to make them easy to spot.
The move comes amid growing public concern over plastic pollution in the world’s oceans. In the UK 38.5m plastic bottles are used every day; just over half of those make it to recycling, while more than 16m are put into landfill, burned, or leak into the environment and oceans. The average Londoner buys more than three plastic water bottles every week.
The water fountains in Wandsworth will be located at:
Tooting Broadway Station
Photo: One of the new London water fountains outside Kentish Town tube station. Photograph: Luke Garratt/Greater London Authority