Edinburgh Gets Three New Water Refill Points

22 March 2023
Blue water refill tap with Forth Raid Bridge in background

One Edinburgh's latest Top Up Taps is located near the iconic Forth Rail Bridge

Blue Water Refill Tap with Firth of Forth in Background

The new tap on the promenade at Cramond has come just in time for Summer

Scottish Water has launched three new water refill points in Edinburgh ahead of the summer. 

The bright blue Top Up Taps located in South Queensferry, Silverknowes and Marchmont will provide free drinking water to anyone with a refillable bottle and brings the total number of taps across the capital to nine.

The high tech taps digitally track how much water is dispensed from each location and feature a touch free design. 

Scott Fraser, Scottish Water’s Corporate Affairs Regional Manager, said: “We are delighted to announce the installation of these new additions to Edinburgh’s Top Up Tap network. Our taps have dispensed over a quarter of a million litres of water in the city since 2018.

Our South Queensferry tap is located right between the Forth Road and Rail Bridges, the Silverknowes tap is right next to the beach and the Meadows tap is at the entrance of one of the most popular public parks in Edinburgh.”

People standing in park next to blue water refill tap

Meadows Gets a Top Up Tap

A launch event was held in the Meadows to celebrate the new taps

To celebrate the installation of the taps, Scottish Water held a launch event next to the tap at the Jawbone Walk entrance to The Meadows in Marchmont.

The team were on hand giving out free reusable water bottles encouraging passers-by to try out the tap and stay hydrated on the go. 

Jim Orr from Friends of the Meadows and Bruntsfield Links said:

“We are delighted with the new water tap situated next to the pavilion. 

“It’ll be very handy for many people and also reduce the amount of single use plastic needed in the city."

The Top Up Tap programme is part of Scottish Water’s Your Water Your Life Campaign, offering free drinking water to people on the go.

In 2022, the bright blue refill points distributed the equivalent of nearly two million bottles worth of water across the country. 

This year Scottish Water plan to increase the total numbers of taps in the country to 100.