Elgin City FC Unwrap Top Up Tap for Christmas

19 December 2019
Elgin City FC help launch the new Top Up Tap in Elgin

New Top Up Tap

The tap was unveiled by Elgin City FC Manager Graham Tatters and star striker Shane Sutherland.

Elgin City Football Club have helped unwrap Scottish Water’s latest Top Up Tap on Elgin High Street, just in time for Christmas.


Chairman Graham Tatters and striker Shane Sutherland joined councillors Graham Leadbitter and John Divers, and members of Scottish Water’s local team, to help launch the new state-of-the-art tap, allowing people to top up their water bottles with free, great-tasting water.   


It 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 the amount of waste.    


The Elgin tap is the 18th to be installed across Scotland so far, with the total expected to rise to 70 over the next 18 months.    


Shane said: “This is a great addition to Elgin’s High Street and will hopefully prompt more people to carry a refillable water bottle with them when they are out and about.


“For us, staying properly hydrated is really important to make sure we are at our best when we are playing and I would encourage everyone to make good use of this tap because of all the health benefits that drinking more water can have.”


Local Scottish Water network services operator Ewan Shand, who helped install the tap, said: “As we reach the end of our first full year of installing our hi-tech Top Up Taps across Scotland, it’s great to bring one to the Plainstones in Elgin. Whether you’re out finishing your Christmas shopping, celebrating with friends or making an early start on the new year’s resolutions, we want to make it easier to stay hydrated on the go and enjoy our great tasting water while you are out and about.  


“We want to encourage people to carry a refillable bottle when they leave the house so that they can top up from the tap, whether at the Plainstones - or at workplaces, businesses and other facilities across Moray. More and more people are making the change, recognising that drinking more water is good for your health, good for your pocket and better for our environment too.”


Since the first tap was launched in Edinburgh in October 2018, more than 40,000 litres of water has been drunk from Scottish Water’s expanding collection of Top Up Taps - the equivalent of 120,000 standard 330ml single-use plastic bottles.