Scottish Water’s latest Top Up Tap in Inveraray, the 20th to be installed across Scotland, yesterday received support from the Duke of Argyll as he helped officially open it.
Locals and tourists in Inveraray can now stay hydrated while going about their daily business or enjoying the must see attractions, following the launch of Scottish Water’s latest Top Up Tap in the town’s Front Street.
“I was delighted to be able to attend and officially open the new feature, and it was great to see the enthusiasm from the local children from the ECO committee at the local primary school who are very passionate about protecting our environment.
I look forward to seeing the tap in use all year round. It is great for Inveraray that visitors and the local community will now be able to top up their refill bottles at the new Top Up Tap.”Duke of Argyll – Chief of the Clan Campbell
The Top Up Tap 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 utility, which also had help at the opening from Inveraray primary school and jail and a local councillor, expects the number of Top Up Taps to rise to 70 over the next 18 months.
“I was delighted to be at the launch of this initiative as it will provide a really useful and convenient source of water for locals and visitors.Dougie Philand – Local Councilor
It is important to be hydrated and to offer the opportunity to obtain water in a public place is to be welcomed both from a health perspective and also an added amenity within the town of Inveraray, congratulations to Scottish Water for providing this facility”.
“Inveraray Primary School has a long tradition of learning for sustainability and have been awarded numerous Green Flags by Eco Schools Scotland. Every year pupils and staff choose a global issue for learning and action. This year we are looking at water. We were delighted to attend the opening of our local Top Up Tap as we believe it will play a significant role in helping locals and visitors better understand the importance of staying hydrated and believe it will encourage people to re-use bottles instead of continually purchasing a new bottle”.James Hebert – Head Teacher of Inveraray Primary School
“We are delighted to launch our latest Top up Tap in Inveraray. I hope this will encourage local and visitors alike to carry and reuse their water bottles”.Ruaridh MacGregor – Scottish Water’s Corporate Affairs Manager
Since the first tap was launched in Edinburgh in October 2018, more than 55,000 litres of water has been drunk from Scottish Water’s expanding collection of Top Up Taps – the equivalent of more than 167,000 standard 330ml single-use plastic bottles.
Stonehaven residents and visitors who have been working up a sweat at the town’s Open Air Pool, leisure centre or playpark will now easily be able to quench their thirst thanks to a new Top Up Tap from Scottish Water.
Leisure centre staff and Stonehaven councillor Wendy Agnew joined members of Scottish Water’s local team to launch the new facility which is situated in Queen Elizabeth Park.
The state-of-the-art Top up Tap, which is the 19th to be installed across Scotland so far, will allow people to top up their water bottles with free, great-tasting water, with the total expected to rise to 70 over the next 18 months.
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.
Duty Officer at Stonehaven Leisure Centre, Kelsea Murray, said: “It’s so important for people to stay hydrated when they are exercising, whether that is taking a dip in either of the great pools we have here in Stonehaven, working out in the gym, running around the playground or going for a stroll along the shore.
Anything that helps make it easier for people to drink more water is to be welcomed so I’m delighted to see this new addition to the Queen Elizabeth Park and hopefully it will be well used by everyone in the town.
Councillor Agnew said: “I am pleased to support Scottish Water’s initiative to install a Top Up Tap at Queen Elizabeth Park in Stonehaven. I hope it will encourage use of refillable ‘top-up’ water bottles rather than the plastic ‘use-and-discard’ type of bottle.”
Clive Duncan, of Scottish Water, said: “We’re delighted to launch our first Top Up Tap of 2020 in this great location in Stonehaven which will make it easier for everyone enjoying all of the wonderful facilities in the area to stay hydrated on the go.
As part of our Your Water, Your Life campaign, we’re encouraging everybody to top up from the tap as much as possible and to remember to take a refillable bottle with them when they leave the house. As well as the health benefits of drinking more water, it also saves money and helps reduce waste.
Since the first tap was launched in Edinburgh in October 2018, more than 55,000 litres of water has been drunk from Scottish Water’s expanding collection of Top Up Taps – the equivalent of more than 167,000 standard 330ml single-use plastic bottles.
SCOTTISH Water has teamed up with one of Scotland’s leading bar groups to showcase the new spirit of Christmas – water-based ‘mocktails’.
Whether it is helping to focus the mind the morning after a Christmas party, ensuring that the evening’s designated driver sticks to their role, or acting as the base for your Christmas Day gravy – water is as essential as ever over the festive period.
But perhaps one unexpected way Scottish tap water can make its way into the limelight is through mocktails.
Mixology experts from Montpeliers have joined the wave to support Scottish Water’s Your Water Your Life campaign by designing a new range of themed water-based mocktails that anyone can make, including a Christmas Cooler and Santa’s Spritz (see full ingredients and method at end).
Brian Lironi, Director of Corporate Affairs at Scottish Water, said:
This range of new water-based mocktails shows what you can achieve with a few additions to our great and tasty tap water.
In the excitement and buzz around the festive season, the benefits our tap water can easily be overlooked.
It can be a busy time for many – shopping, visiting, and being out and about more than usual – so being well hydrated will boost energy levels whether you’re dashing around grabbing last minute gifts or partying with friends. It’ll also keep you on form through the New Year and into 2020.
We know that Christmas is a great time for celebrations, but keeping hydrated is key to enjoying the time responsibly and ensuring that everyone has a happy and healthy Christmas.
Equally, these delicious water-based mocktails may aid those to stick by their New Year resolutions or a dry January goal, by providing more alternatives to an alcoholic drink.
Joey Medrington, Group Bar Development Manager at Edinburgh-based Montpeliers, said:
The best way to make delicious water-based cocktails is to create infusions.
Scotland’s tap water has the remarkable property of being able to absorb a huge amount of flavour molecules – think of it like a making a cup of tea: the longer you leave it to infuse the more flavour you’ll get.
This can be done very easily by adding the fruits or herbs you want to infuse into a large jar or bottle and leaving it in the fridge overnight, then straining off the next morning to produce delicious flavoured water.
Joey, whose Montpeliers group operates seven units in Edinburgh including Tigerlily and Candy Bar, added:
From there, you can either enjoy the drink straight from the fridge, carbonate it with a Soda Stream or equivalent, or use as the base for delicious cocktails.
To create cocktails we need to add a few more steps to amplify that flavour. The best way to do that is to enhance the ‘taste elements’ in our drink. By taste elements we mean sweet, sour, salt, bitter and umami. By adding balanced measures of some or all of these elements we can enhance the flavours of the fruits, herbs, teas and spices we use in our water to create truly delicious, Scottish Water based cocktails.
The key word is balance. If we are adding a sour element, say lemon juice, we know we need to add a sweet ingredient, if we are using a bitter tea, then we need to balance that with something sweet and something sour and so on. This is the essence of mixology.
Scottish Water’s Your Water Your Life campaign aims to encourage people to top up from the tap to benefit the planet, their health and their pocket.
To support the campaign the first 18 – in a series of what will eventually be 70 – Top up Taps have been installed at various locations across Scotland to showcase the benefits of using refillable bottles and Scotland’s tap water.
Last month, the ‘Your Water Your Life’ campaign hit a significant milestone as they celebrated Scottish tap water becoming the first in the world to gain international approval for keeping teeth healthy.
Clear, fresh drinking water is known to help boost concentration levels with Scottish Water delivering more than one billion litres of water a day to customers.
NHS Choices recommend drinking six to eight glasses of water per day while people often mistake hunger for being thirsty, which means drinking water can help weight loss.
Orkney shoppers, revellers, church-goers and Ba’ players are being encouraged to carry a refillable water bottle and make use of a new Scottish Water Top up Tap, which is the latest addition to Kirkwall’s town centre.
With the festive period getting into full swing, members of Scottish Water’s local team were joined by representatives of Kirkwall Business Improvement District, the local police and Orkney Islands Council to launch the new facility.
The state-of-the-art Top up Tap, which is located at the junction of Broad Street and Palace Road near to the main entrance of St Magnus Catherdral, will allow 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 Kirkwall tap is the 17th to be installed across Scotland so far, with the total expected to rise to 70 over the next 18 months.
Local Constable Simon Hay said:
The festive period is often a busy time for Police in Orkney with more nights out and large street gatherings. This often involves an increase in the consumption of alcohol.
The addition of this tap is an excellent opportunity for the public to keep hydrated during this time. I encourage everyone to use this fantastic addition to Kirkwall. Have fun, be safe and keep hydrated!
Scottish Water network maintenance operative Jon Smales, who helped install the tap, said:
We’re delighted to be able to bring one of our hi-tech taps to Kirkwall, rounding off our first full year of installing Top up Taps across Scotland. We want to make it easier for Orcadians and visitors to stay hydrated on the go and enjoy our great tasting water whenever they are out and about.
“We’re encouraging everybody to top up from the tap as much as possible and get into the habit of carrying a refillable bottle with them when they leave the house. As well as the health benefits of drinking more water, it also saves you money and helps reduce waste.
Since the first tap was launched in Edinburgh in October 2018, more than 40,000 litres of water have been drunk from Scottish Water’s expanding collection of Top Up Taps – the equivalent of 120,000 standard 330ml single-use plastic bottles.
Falkirk has become home to Scottish Water’s first ever refill tap in a park – making it easier for more people to stay hydrated while on the go.
The new Top Up Tap has begun operating in 170-acre Callendar Park where plenty of walkers, joggers, dog owners and families pass every day. The Park has a long history dating back to Roman times and the construction of the Antonine Wall in 142AD.
The high tech tap, which tracks water usage and records cost savings, is part of Scottish Water’s national initiative to get more people to carry a reusable bottle. The utility’s Your Water Your Life campaign encourages people to drink tap water on the go stay hydrated, save money and protect the planet by reducing waste.
The blue tap is on the mound near Callendar House, near a well-known landmark Norway Maple which is said to mark the site of a burial ground of soldiers who died in a civil war against Oliver Cromwell.
A number of groups which regularly use the park – including people from running group Falkirk Victoria Harriers and staff and users from Cycling Without Age and Under The Trees – helped officially launch the new tap.
Paul Finnie, Sport and Recreation Manage at Falkirk Community Trust said:
We are delighted Scottish Water has chosen Callendar Park as a location for their Top Up Tap which we know our park users will get a real benefit from. We are all trying to reduce the impact of single use plastics and this innovation will not only improve the facilities on offer for customers but also help protect our environment
He said a range of people and groups regularly use the popular park – which was recently refurbished to highlight the Roman heritage of the area – including the refurbishment of the main play area to reflect the Roman Heritage of the park.
John McNally, MP for Falkirk, also welcomed the tap saying. He said: “This new water tap not only stops people relying on single use plastic by refilling their own containers but it also encourages them to drink more water. Now families out for the day with their children, as well as joggers and dog walkers will have easy access to fresh, Scottish drinking water.
This is a great asset for the area and is part of a wider scheme to offer water refill taps across the country. It is a hugely positive step for both the environment and public health.
Cllr Paul Garner, Falkirk Council’s spokesperson for the Environment, said: “Scotland has always had high quality drinking water that allows everyone to enjoy this great natural resource wherever they are. The tap in Callendar Park will ensure that local residents and visitors alike have access 24/7 to this free facility.”
The latest tap is the 15th top up tap to be installed by Scottish Water.
Also at the launch were members of the charity Kidney Kids Scotland, which supports children with renal and urological conditions and their families. The charity’s manager Karen McFarlane, said:
The Your Water your Life campaign is a wonderful initiative, We are encouraging each Scottish child to drink at least one refilled bottle of tap water throughout their school day. We encourage parents, grandparents, carers, teachers and all child role models to get on board with this campaign.
Since the first refill tap was launched in Edinburgh last October more than 40,000 litres of water has been drunk from Scottish Water’s expanding collection of Top Up Taps. This is the equivalent of 120,000 standard 330ml single-use plastic bottles.
Scott Fraser, Communities Manager at Scottish Water, said: “This is the latest milestone in our commitment to roll out a network of Top Up Taps. We are delighted to unveil our first tap outwith a high street to help the many and varied range of visitors to beautiful Callender Park stay hydrated with free, fresh drinking water while they are out and about.
Scottish Water plans to have a total of 70 refill points – at least one in every council area – within the next 18 months. Each refill point gives access to free, fresh and clean drinking water at the push of a button. They are connected to the mains water supply and are inspected regularly.
A Scotland-wide study found almost two-thirds of people now carry a refillable water bottle with them at least some of the time.
Scotland’s adoption of using refillable bottles to help reduce waste and keep hydrated at home or on the go has been recognised with a top creative award.
Your Water Your Life encourages people to top up from the tap, benefitting the environment, people’s health and pockets. The initiative has gathered momentum with supporters the length and breadth of the country getting involved.
Scottish Water’s programme of activity to highlight the nation’s great tap water and drive up appreciation of one of our best natural resources, won a Drum Content Award in the Public Sector Category.
Always Be Content, an Edinburgh-based creative agency, helped to develop and deliver the ongoing campaign.
The judges said ABC’s creative work
demonstrated a powerful influence on public attitudes and behaviour in reducing waste and changed public perception on a global issue.
ABC conceived a range of creative content – across advertising, digital and social platforms – to encourage change by showing the value of using a refillable bottle and drinking tap water as part of a daily routine.
Scottish Water and ABC worked together to create the evocative campaign which captures the essence of Scotland’s water, landscapes and how people can enjoy them.
Collaboration with supporters of Your Water Your Life across Scotland has been vital to the campaign’s success. Working with large organisations such as Edinburgh Airport, Glasgow Clyde College, Aberdeen FC Community Trust to community groups, the campaign has struck a chord with the people of Scotland.
The creative activity culminated in July on Earth Overshoot day with partners and stakeholders the length and breadth of Scotland all sharing ‘Thank You Scotland’ content.
To encourage people to stay hydrated on the go using refillable bottles, Scottish Water is installing a network of Top up Taps across towns and cities throughout the country as part of the Your Water Your Life programme.
Andrew Walker, Head of Communication, Scottish Water, said:
We’re delighted that the judges recognised the part that our communications activity has played in encouraging people to not only think about how they drink water but also carry that through to making positive changes to being more sustainable.
“Our analysis has shown people in Scotland are keen to play their part in reducing waste in our communities as well as recognising that drinking water from the tap is good for them and their pockets.
“It’s clear there’s a growing movement throughout the country willing take small steps to protect the environment and working with a wide range of partners across different sectors really helps amplify the message.
Pete Martin, director at Always Be Content, said:
Being recognised for doing what you love is a buzz. This award may have ours and Scottish Water’s name on it, but it’s really for the collaboration of so many people and organisations that have made the results real – the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
“I’m chuffed that our hard work, our talent and enthusiasm has been rewarded by the judges and want to thank everyone who’s played a part in this success.
A new partnership has been launched to encourage students to top up from the tap and stay hydrated – the first of its kind between Scottish Water and a further education establishment.
We’ve teamed up with Glasgow Clyde College to boost awareness of the benefits of drinking from the tap among students and staff at three sites across Glasgow; Cardonald, Anniesland and Langside.
Together, we’re urging the 17,000 students and 1,100 staff to carry a refillable bottle and top up with fresh, clear Scottish water at the tap at 47 hydration points across the 3 campuses. The water refill points feature the Your Water Your Life campaign visuals.
The College is already flying the flag for sustainability across the Further Education sector by removing single use cups from circulation at its Cardonald campus and introducing a reusable alternative. This partnership marks another key step on their sustainability journey.
Jon Vincent principal of Glasgow Clyde College said:
We’re working hard to reduce our use of single use plastic at the College, and we actively encourage our students and staff to bring their reusable bottles and top up from our refill points. This partnership will remind us all to take advantage of the great drinking water we have on tap in Scotland.
Speaking at the launch at the Langside Campus, Andrew Walker, Head of Communication at Scottish Water, said:
The opportunity to team up with a forward-thinking and dynamic further education establishment like this, is a simple but effective way of reminding students and staff to stay hydrated. In doing so, they can unlock the benefits of being environmentally sustainable as well as boosting performance in their studies and work.
“We’re delighted the college provides water points for students and staff. We’re doubly delighted we can team up and promote Scotland’s clean, fresh drinking water and the use of refillable bottles as part of our Your Water Your Life programme.
Young eco-warriors helped promote the benefits of staying hydrated on the go at the launch of Scottish Water’s new refill tap in Alloa.
Pupils who are part of an Eco Committee at Sunnyside Primary School were the first to try out the new blue tap on the town’s High Street.
The schoolchildren made posters to help promote Scottish Water’s Your Water Your Life which encourages people to drink tap water while out and about to stay hydrated save money and protect the planet by using refill bottles.
Denise Penman, Head Teacher at Sunnyside Primary School, said:
We are delighted to be involved with the installation of the new Alloa Refill tap launch. Pupils on our Eco Committee has been discussing the impact single use plastic bottles can have on our environment and the importance of drinking water to stay healthy. We are excited to be able to encourage others to stay healthy and look after our environment.
The hi-tech tap gives access to free, fresh and clean drinking water at the push of a button. It is plumbed directly into the public water supply and has digital tracking technology which logs how much water is being used and how much plastic potentially saved.
Keith Brown, MSP for Clackmannanshire and Dunblane, also attended the launch of the new top up tap. He said:
I am pleased to support Scottish Water’s Your Water, Your Life Campaign. It is fantastic that Alloa now has a Top up Tap which will allow local people to refill their water bottles when they are out and about with high quality drinking water, which is not only good for their health but will also help to cut down on the use of plastics.
The new tap was also welcomed by Leader of Clackmannanshire Council, Councillor Ellen Forson, who was among first people to try out the tap.
It’s great Scottish Water’s latest Top Up Tap is located here in Alloa – it will be a great addition to the High Street. It will hopefully encourage more people to carry a reusable bottle if they know there is a place to refill it when out and about in the town.
The Alloa tap is the first to be installed in Clackmannanshire and the 16th to be installed so far. Scottish Water has a total of 70 planned to appear across Scotland over the next 18 months.
Local sporting hero Duncan Scott also welcomed the new refill tap to his home town. The swimming star said:
Staying hydrated is essential for me to be able to swim at my best when it counts at international events and as a Learn to Swim ambassador I think it is really important for children from an early age to drink plenty of water to create good habits and keep them active and healthy for life.
It’s estimated that people filling up from the utility’s Top Up Taps to date is the equivalent of around 90,000 standard 330ml plastic bottles.
Scott Fraser, Regional Communities Manager at Scottish Water, said:
We’re delighted to bring our expanding network of Top Up Taps to Alloa so even more people can enjoy our fantastic and great tasting Scottish drinking water. 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.
Clear, fresh drinking water is known to help boost concentration levels with Scottish Water delivering more than one billion litres of water a day to customers. NHS Choices recommend drinking six to eight glasses of water per day.
A Montrose community group is walking the walk and talking the talk when it comes to using refillable water bottles, helping to launch Scottish Water’s latest Top Up Tap on the town’s High Street.
Members of Montrose Community Trust’s Walk and Talk Group, which aims to reduce social isolation and help people get active and stay active through walking, joined representatives of Scottish Water and local councillors to officially unveil the state-of-the-art refill point which will allow people to top up their water bottles with free great-tasting water.
The tap is part of Scottish Water’s Your Water, Your Life campaign which aims to encourage 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 Montrose tap is the 14th to be installed across Scotland so far, with a total of 70 planned over the next 18 months.
Walk & Talk Coordinator Gemma Lownie said:
We are delighted to help Scottish Water launch the latest Top Up Tap here in Montrose – it will be a great addition to the High Street and will hopefully encourage more people to carry a reusable bottle if they know there is somewhere they can easily refill it when they are out and about in town.
As part of the Walk and Talk Group, we regularly visit some of the many beautiful spots around Montrose, including the beach and harbour, and it is a sad reality that there is very often litter lying around.
If more people start using a refillable bottle, hopefully that would see a reduction in the amount of plastic bottles we see thrown away during our walks and help protect the lovely surroundings we are lucky enough to enjoy here in the north-east.
It is also very important that we all stay hydrated when exercising and the tap will make that even easier!
Clive Duncan, of Scottish Water, said:
We’re so pleased to be able to bring one of our hi-tech Top Up Taps to Montrose, making it easier for locals and visitors to stay hydrated on the go and enjoy our great tasting water whenever they are out and about.
We’re encouraging everybody to top up from the tap as much as possible and get into the habit of carrying a refillable bottle with them when they leave the house. As well as the health benefits of drinking more water, it also saves you money and helps reduce waste.
Since the first tap was launched in Edinburgh in October 2018, Scottish Water has revealed that more than 40,000 litres of water has been drunk from its collection of Top Up Taps – the equivalent of 120,000 standard 330ml single-use plastic bottles.
Scotland’s pioneering network of high-tech public water refill taps has hit a key milestone, allowing on-the-go water drinkers to play an important role in reducing waste and protecting the environment.
This Climate Week, Scottish Water can reveal more than 40,000 litres of water have been drunk from its Top Up Taps – the equivalent of 120,000 standard 330ml single-use plastic bottles.
This month marks one year since the first tap was installed outside the Scottish Parliament as part of a campaign to showcase the benefits of using refillable bottles and Scotland’s tap water.
We know the public share the same passion as we do for protecting the environment and improving their health.Brian Lironi
Director of Corporate Affairs, Scottish Water
A total of 12 Top Up Taps have now been installed around Scotland, from Shetland to Dumfries – with the next launch set to take place in Stirling.
Water sports enthusiasts at the University of Stirling and the university’s Marine Conservation Society visited the tap, which is almost ready to go, on the city’s Port Street to mark the occasion.
The movement to Top Up from the Tap will expand across the country as success of the taps has led Scottish Water to commit to install 70 more over the next 18 months.
People can now fill up with free, fresh water – while Scottish Water uses tap technology to track and report on usage.
Scotland’s most popular tap is on Glasgow’s Buchanan Street, where more than 10,000 litres have been served up, with taps at both ends of the West Highland Way at Milngavie and Fort William also proving a hit.
The Top Up Taps are part of Scottish Water’s Your Water Your Life campaign which aims to encourage people to top up from the tap to benefit the planet, their health and their pocket.
Brian Lironi, Director of Corporate Affairs at Scottish Water, said: “To be able to say that people topping up on the go equates to the same volume as more than 120,000 plastic bottles is a superb start to our campaign.
“We know the public share the same passion as we do for protecting the environment and improving their health so it’s fantastic to see the Top Up Taps have been so well used.
We can see from the huge demand over this first year that there’s real appetite from the public to fill up their reusable bottles and hopefully it becomes the norm for people to seek out our top up taps around Scotland and take their bottles with them whenever they go out.
Scotland’s Climate Week aims to help businesses and community groups improve their daily routines to help the environment and tackle climate change.
Scottish Water aims to have a tap in all 32 of Scotland’s local authority areas with discussions to take place with local communities on the sites of the remaining taps.
The first 12 Top Up Taps are located in; Fort William, Oban, Milngavie, Glasgow’s Buchanan Street, Ayr, Inverness, Aberdeen, Dunfermline, Dumfries, Shetland, Stornoway and outside the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh.
The new taps are plumbed directly into the public water supply and each has digital tracking technology which logs how much water is being used and how much plastic potentially saved.