HIGHLIGHTS & SUCCESSES

We're amazed at how much positive plastic-free change has happened recently, helping our campaign ambitions become that much closer to reality. Our volunteers and our allies are an energetic bunch, and public support for healthy seas and lives, free of plastic pollution, continues to grow. The tide is changing!


Here's some Water for London highlights and campaign successes: 

2019 so far....

 

  • July; Greater Anglia install fountains at Billericay, Colchester, Sheffield, Wickford & Whitham stations.

  • 19th June; National Refill Day found Water for London volunteers supporting the Refill team at Canary Wharf. Talking to commuters about the Refill app and dispensing water. TFL formally launch the fountain at Imperial Wharf (Overground) with a metal water bottle give away.

  • 24th May; Sustain launch their drinking fountain guide in conjunction with City to Sea. Reducing barriers, helping more organisations install fountains. 

  • May; Network Rail install a fountain at Bristol Templemeads station.

  • 7th April; Water for London Volunteers joined the Surfers Against Sewage Big Beach Clean event on the River Lea. Click here for photos. 

  • April; Network Rail install two fountains at London Bridge station and LNER install a fountain at Retford station.

 

  • 14th February: Reading and Paddington stations have fountains installed by Network Rail. On the same day WfL volunteer Justine's interview with the Disruptive Environmentalist is released. All about the WfL journey and other sustainability issues.

2018

  • November: Network Rail stations Clapham, Guildford, Kings Cross and Waterloo ALL install water fountains.

 

  • 13th Nov: Greater Anglia win runner up for "Idea of the Year 2018" Sustainability Category. For the installation and planned roll out of water fountains across their network.​​

  • 29th Oct: Round table event of key transport stakeholders and operators. Case studies from National Rail and Greater Anglia. Technical answers and advice by Thames Water.

  • 19th Oct: Edinburgh Waverley & Glasgow Central both have water points installed by Network Rail.

  • 12th Oct: Mayor of London announces £5million fund to help deliver hundreds of water fountains around the city. This is in partnership with Thames Water, who will take care of the installation, maintenance, cleaning and repairs to ensure the fountains are clean and safe to use. We will see installations from spring 2019.

  • 20th Sept: Water for London volunteers joined in the Thames 21 Big Bottle count. Helping pick up bottles and other plastic waste at Rotherhithe foreshore. Click for photos.

  • 19th Sept: another one of the Mayor of London's pledged 20 water fountains is installed outside North Acton Station.

  • 25th July: Water for London volunteers joined the Lower Regent's Coalition and the Canal & River Trust on canoes in Limehouse Basin. This monthly water based litter pick was a lot of fun and no one fell in! Lots of plastic bags and crisp packets floating just below the surface of the water were removed. Click for photos.

  • 25th July: Network Rail, Mayor of London & #OneLess install two water refill points at Liverpool Street Station.

  • 24th July: Great Anglia installed a water refill point at Cambridge Station.

  • 19th July: SouthEastern Railway state on Twitter they will roll out water fountains across their network. We are awaiting more details.

  • 5th July: Why Water for London fits perfectly with the London Food Strategy: In our response to the Mayor we explain why timing is perfect to roll out refill points across our transport network. Read our response here

  • 18th June: Greater Anglia install a water refill point at Ipswich Station.​

  • 30th May 2018: Greater Anglia install a water refill point at Chelmsford Station.

  • 22nd April: Water for London volunteers and Friends of Queen’s Woods had a (sunny!) action day ensuring this beautiful, public, ancient woodland was freed from plastic bottles and waste, while rallying campaign support. Click for photos.  
     

  • March: Website goes live! Enjoy…we'll be evolving and improving it as we go. 
     

  • 10th March: We joined forces with Thames21 to have a spring-clean along our waterways and ramp-up our call for a #RefillRevolution to prevent plastic waste entering our river and seas in the first place.

  • 14th February: Success! The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, announces a further £6million injection of funding for protecting the environment. The fund will help deliver the roll-out of more new public water fountains - on top of the initial 20 the Mayor announced in January 2018.

2017

  • 1st December: Water for London submit our official response to the London Health Strategy – we can’t get enough of consultations! 

  • 17th November: We submit our official response to the London Environment Strategy Consultation.  

  • 17th November: We deliver our petitions from SumofUs.org and Change.org, with over 17.5k signatures, to Sadiq Khan at City Hall!

  • 6th November: George Monbiot, - journalist, activist, author - backs our campaign! We love a bit of George! Check out his video message here. "Why are we drinking bottled water? - It's Just madness! I love your initiative..it's one of the steps we need to take to end this madness".

  • November: We join forces with the awesome folks at SumofUs, who start a sister petition and promote our campaign.

  • October: An amazing meeting of hearts, minds, passion and plastic-revulsion – our first campaign volunteer meeting gets the action rolling, and brings our first NGO supporter: Sustain - the alliance for better food and farming.

  • September: Fuelled by hopes, dreams - and pizza! - our initial trio of Water for London enthusiasts gather and agree to grow from petition to campaign.

  • 24th August: Water for London Launched! Our Change.org petition goes live and reaches 500 signatures within 1 week!​​​​​

  • Twitter App Icon
  • Facebook App Icon
  • Instagram Social Icon