OUR AMBITION & ASKS

We believe people who live, work and play in our city should have easy access to free, healthy hydration. We're helping to instigate a network of accessible water fountains and bottle refill stations across London. 

Water for London is part of the collective #RefillRevolution to #STOPthePlasticTide.

Our main campaign asks, targets and progress are:

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan & The Greater London Authority

  1. To install publicly accessible water refill points across the TfL network, including all TfL operated tube, train, tram and bus stations as well as along busy pedestrian and cycling routes that TfL have influence over.

  2. Water refill points to be publicly accessible, well signposted and promoted within stations and beyond.

Transport for London (TfL)

  1. To undertake a full audit of all of their stations for installation of the refill points, to work out viability and costs to support roll out.

  2. To impose a single-use plastic advertising levy on TfL space to pay for the installation of water refill points across the TfL network.

Network Rail & rail station operators

  1. To install publicly accessible water refill points at all mainline rail stations in London. Have committed to this but we are waiting for news of when the rest of the stations will have water points installed.

  2. Water refill points to be publicly accessible, well signposted and promoted within stations and beyond.

Thames Water

  1. To pay for the initial connection to water supply and drainage of the water refill fountains. Have committed £2.5million so far.

  2. To cover ongoing operational costs of the refill points, including water bills, maintenance, health and safety checks. This has been confirmed for the fountains that are part of the Mayor's scheme.

We believe a new network of water refill fountains across London will give people in the city publicly accessible, clear and obvious places to refill bottles whilst out and about in London.
 

For now, we're focussing on London (we're a small group of volunteers so we have to have be targeted with our time).

Whilst there are multiple benefits of installing a network of water refill fountains across London, we appreciate that the installation and maintenance will comes at significant cost. We believe that this should be borne by the companies that make large profits from the sale of water in single-use bottles, rather than the taxpayer. Therefore we are proposing an advertising levy on single-use water bottle companies to pay for the creation of the new network of water refill fountains.

We are very pleased that Thames Water, a profit making company with monopoly supply over the Greater London area, has agreed to contribute towards to this new refill-revolution as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility – especially as it will be their water coming out of the water refill points!

In short, we're pushing for a fully-funded (both installation & ongoing) costs option to create a new generation of water refill fountains, across London using the ‘polluter pays’ principle.

HOORAY, BRING IT ON!

Benefits of water fountains include:

  • Normalising the culture of re-use and refilling of water bottles, reducing pollution from single-use plastic bottles.

  • Promoting healthier lifestyles, via access to free drinking water.

  • Saving individual's money, that may otherwise be spent buying bottled drinks.

  • Reducing burden on waste-removal.

Petition hand-in day attracts young supporters outside City Hall
...aka fans of stickers! ;)
[Permission for photo granted by mother]
EXTRA FACTS & INFO'

1. London consumes more plastic bottled water per capita that any other English region, and we also have the worst recycling rates in the UK....so we have a double-whammy of plastic-waste. 
 

2. 10% of all waste found in the River Thames is plastic drink bottles and lids.

 

3. Every day, tonnes and tonnes of plastic waste across our city needs to cleaned up, collected and disposed of, costing TfL and London Boroughs (and Londoners!) money.
 

4. Improving access to tap water across the TfL network is a key recommendation of the London Assembly Environment Committee report, and Keep Britain Tidy recommends to ‘Work with transport providers and hubs to improve access to free drinking water for the public when travelling’.
 

5. Brits are ready for refill; 62% of UK adults would not buy bottled water if tap water were freely available.

 

6. Only 10% of people feel comfortable asking for a bottle to be refilled in a café or shop if they haven’t bought anything.

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