12 September 2019
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'Tap’s the Way We Do It In the Western Isles’12 September 2019
Peat & Diesel help launch new Top Up Tap in Stornoway
The band was joined by pupils from Back Primary School and local representatives from the community
The hi-tech tap, which digitally tracks water usage and records cost savings, is part of a nationwide campaign by Scottish Water which aims to get more people to carry a reusable bottle. Your Water Your Life aims to encourage more people to drink tap water on the go to stay hydrated, save money and protect the planet by using refillable bottles.
The Stornoway tap is the twelfth to be installed so far, with a total of 70 planned to appear across Scotland over the next 18 months.
Tracey Gourlay, of Scottish Water, said: “We’re delighted to bring our expanding network of Top Up Taps to the Western Isles, helping local residents and visitors to Stornoway stay hydrated while they are out and about. I’d like to thank the team at An Lanntair for all their help and support over recent months.
“We’re encouraging everyone to top up from the tap as much as possible and get into the habit of carrying a refillable bottle when they leave the house – it benefits health and wellbeing, reduces waste and saves people money.”
Innes Scott, of Peat & Diesel, said: “In the islands more than most places we see the effects of single use plastics on our beaches and beyond.
“The kids from Back have the right idea when it comes to drinking water: tap’s the way we do it in the Western Isles.”
Elly Fletcher of An Lanntair and Cllr Iain MacAulay of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar
“This weekend, we even did a Sponsored ‘Walk to Work’ to celebrate the launch of our Travel Plan and raise funds for a new cycle shelter in the town, walking across the island from the Callanish Stones to Stornoway - we could certainly have done with filling up from the Top Up Tap when we arrived back from this 16.5 mile walk!
“We are delighted Scottish Water have chosen to locate the Top Up Tap on our forecourt - I'm sure that it is going to be very popular with everyone living in and visiting the town."
Local Councillor Iain MacAulay of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar added: “The Comhairle is very pleased to support this initiative which will make a positive contribution in our efforts, as a community, to reduce plastic usage. This ‘Top Up Tap’ will be a useful addition to Stornoway Town Centre and I am sure that it will be well used by locals and visitors alike.”
The refill point – giving access to free, fresh and clean drinking water at the push of a button – is connected to the mains water supply and will be inspected regularly.
For more information on our campaign visit YourWaterYourLife.co.uk or join us on Facebook @YourWaterYourLifeSW
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Pupils from Back Primary say cheers to the new Scottish Water Top Up Tap