Unitywater's kate Cash discusses portable water refilling stations in Moreton Bay region on 101.5 2018-03-08

Unitywater, with Moreton Bay Regional Council, is installing fixed water refill stations in public areas to keep the community hydrated and help reduce plastic waste.


Unitywater’s Back To Tap campaign encourages everyone to drink tap water rather than buy plastic bottled water to help keep our waterways clean and protect local marine life.


CEO George Theo said one of the simplest ways to prevent and reduce the consumption of plastic waste was through behavioural change.


“We’re passionate about tackling the global issue of plastic waste on a local level and that’s why we’re introducing these refill stations,” Mr Theo said.


“In 2016 we established a regional reference group to address the issue of plastic waste across our community.


“As a group, we identified that one of the easiest ways to reduce the consumption of single-use plastic water bottles is by providing a reliable source of clean, fresh drinking water at key public places.

“We’re thrilled to be working with council to make it easier for people to get Back To Tap.”


Lifestyle and Amenity spokesman Cr Matt Constance said Moreton Bay Regional Council was pleased to partner on the initiative.


“We’ve worked with Unitywater to determine the best locations for the refill stations and are keen to see people filling up their reusable water bottles at the touch of a button,” he said.


“Five refill stations are being rolled out initially and we hope to welcome many more soon.”


The first five locations will be:

  • Pumicestone Lions Park, Bongaree
  • Caboolture Region Environmental Education Centre, Burpengary
  • Woody Point, Redcliffe
  • Scarborough Beach, Scarborough
  • Town Park (Lake Eden), North Lakes


To celebrate, Unitywater is hosting a Back To Tap competition from 4-17 March asking people to share a fun photo of their reusable water bottle in an interesting location on the Unitywater Facebook page to win an afternoon on a luxury yacht.


There will also be a refill station on show at Clean Up Australia Day at Osprey House, Griffin on 4 March.

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