19 February 2020
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Duke of Argyll Backs Inveraray Top Up Tap19 February 2020
His Grace, the Duke of Argyll joined local primary school kids at launch of the historic jail town's new Top Up Tap, which will encourage tourists and locals to use refillable bottles and stay hydrated on-the-go.
“It was great to see the enthusiasm from the local children from the ECO committee at the local primary school who are very passionate about protecting our environment.”Duke of Argyll
Historic jail town Inveraray hosted the launch Scotland's 20th Top Up Tap with the help of VIP resident His Grace, the Duke of Argyll.
The Duke, who lives in stunning Inveraray Castle, was thrilled to join children from the local primary school, to open the town's newest must-see attraction.
It means visitors and locals in the picturesque tourist hotspot can now top up from the tap while going about their daily business or enjoying the area's many scenic sites.
Speaking after its official opening in the town's Front Street, the Duke, who is Chief of the Clan Campbell, said: “I was delighted to be able to attend and officially open the new feature, and it was great to see the enthusiasm from the local children from the ECO committee at the local primary school who are very passionate about protecting our environment.
“I look forward to seeing the tap in use all year round. It is great for Inveraray that visitors and the local community will now be able to top up their refill bottles at the new Top Up Tap.”
The Top Up Tap network is part of Scottish Water’s Your Water, Your Life campaign which encourages more people to carry a refillable bottle with them and drink tap water on the go to stay hydrated, save money and help protect the local environment by reducing plastic waste.
It is the latest tap to be installed, with the aim of creating a network of 70 over the next 18 months.
Inveraray jailer helps kids top up from the tap
“It's important to be hydrated and to offer the opportunity to obtain water in a public place is to be welcomed both from a health perspective and also an added amenity within the town of Inveraray, congratulations to Scottish Water for providing this facility”.
James Hebert, Head Teacher of Inveraray Primary School, said: “Inveraray Primary School has a long tradition of learning for sustainability and have been awarded numerous Green Flags by Eco Schools Scotland”.
“Every year pupils and staff choose a global issue for learning and action. This year we are looking at water.
“We were delighted to attend the opening of our local Top Up Tap as we believe it will play a significant role in helping locals and visitors better understand the importance of staying hydrate.
“We also believe it will encourage people to re-use bottles instead of continually purchasing a new bottle”.
Ruaridh MacGregor Scottish Water’s Corporate Affairs Manager said: “We are delighted to launch our latest Top up Tap in Inveraray. I hope this will encourage local and visitors alike to carry and reuse their water bottles”.
Since the first tap was launched in Edinburgh in October 2018, more than 55,000 litres of water have been drunk from our Top Up Taps - the equivalent of more than 167,000 standard 330ml single-use plastic bottles.