New drinking water stations at Windsor and Richmond

New drinking water stations have been installed at Windsor in Howe Park and Windsor Mall as well as in Richmond at Ham Common and Richmond Park, thanks to a collaborative project funded by Hawkesbury City Council and Sydney Water.

New drinking water stationsCouncil and Sydney Water have worked together to provide the four permanent stations at some of the area’s most frequented spaces, the Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Barry Calvert said.

“Making fresh drinking water readily available is one way we can support the health and wellbeing of residents and reduce waste generated by disposable bottles,” Councillor Calvert said.

“These stations will provide adults and children with a healthy alternative to sugary drinks.

“This is particularly important given the increasing levels of excessive weight and obesity in the Hawkesbury, according to recent health reports. These conditions can also contribute to additional health problems such as Type 2 diabetes,” he said.

“These conveniently located water stations will allow residents to easily refill reusable water bottles or to drink from a bubbler.”

Raema Melverton, Head of Communications & Public Affairs at Sydney Water, is delighted to partner with Hawkesbury City Council.

“This partnership means we can provide Hawkesbury residents and our customers with high quality drinking water in convenient locations,” Ms Melverton said.

“We have some of the best drinking water in the world and it’s already filtered by Sydney Water.

“The availability of the water stations will promote health and help with family budgets by providing free water,” she said.

“Sydney Water removes over one million plastic bottles from our waterways each year across our area of operation.

“Using the water stations in preference to purchasing bottled water will also help the environment,” Ms Melverton said.

Plastic Bottled Water

  • A plastic water bottle takes about 1,000 years to break down
  • Only 35 percent of plastic bottles get recycled with the majority ending up in landfill
  • When littered, plastic bottles often end up in the sea, killing marine life that mistakes it for food
  • For every tonne of plastic produced, three tonnes of carbon dioxide is released

Health & Wellbeing

  • In 2014, Australians drank on average nearly one (0.88) sugar sweetened beverage a day
  • Drinking one 600ml regular soft drink every day will see you consume 23kg of sugar in a year
  • One 375ml can of soft drink per day could lead to a 6.5kg yearly weight gain
  • There are 10 teaspoons of sugar in one 375ml can of regular soft drink
  • In 2012, Australians bought 1.28 billion litres of sugar sweetened beverages
  • In 2015, 52% of adults and 22% of children in NSW were overweight or obese

Cost

  • Five litres of Sydney tap water costs just over one cent
  • Bottled water can be from 1,500-2,000 times more expensive than tap water

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