Young Eco Warriors Help Launch New Alloa Top Up Tap

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.

She said:

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.

Montrose Top Up Tap makes using refillable bottles a walk in the park

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 Taps Into Water On-The-Go

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.

Peat & Diesel help launch Stornoway’s first Top Up Tap

Tap’s the way we do it in the Western Isles.

Isles’ music sensation and summer festival favourites Peat & Diesel joined children from Back Primary School and representatives of the local community to unveil a new Scottish Water Top up Tap outside An Lanntair Arts Centre on Kenneth Street in Stornoway. 

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, Chief Executive of An Lanntair, said:

Scottish Water’s Top Up Tap is a fabulous initiative. Here at An Lanntair, we are passionate about environmental issues and have been working hard over recent years to stop using single-use plastics and to reduce our carbon footprint.    

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.

Scotland’s most northerly Top Up Tap launched in Shetland

Scotland’s most northerly Top Up Tap has been unveiled in Lerwick, providing an easy way for locals and visitors to stay hydrated while on the go.

The high tech tap digitally tracks water usage and has been installed on the Esplanade at Burns Walk by Scottish Water to encourage more people to take a refillable bottle when out and about and to top up from the tap. 

Members of Lerwick Boating Club helped Scottish Water’s Customer Services Team Leader in Shetland Jim Anderson officially launch the new tap, which is the eleventh to be installed so far. The campaign will see a roll out of taps across Scotland over the next two years. 

 Mr Anderson said:

This is the latest milestone in our commitment to roll out a network of Top Up Taps across Scotland and we are delighted to unveil our most northerly tap here in Lerwick, which will help local residents and visitors stay hydrated while they are out and about around the town. 

 We’re encouraging everyone to top up from the tap as much as possible and carry a refillable bottle when they leave the house – it benefits health and wellbeing, reduces waste and saves people money.

 Shetland Islands Council Leader Steven Coutts also attended the launch. He said: 

I am very pleased to see the tap officially ‘opened’ today.   

We are all aware of the issue of single use plastics and this will make it easier for us all to reduce our plastic use. The tap will also make it easier for individuals to keep hydrated, which is good for our health. It will also save us money, so it’s a real ‘win win win’.

 Chair of Living Lerwick, which supports business growth in the town, Steve Mathieson said: 

Living Lerwick welcomes this new facility provided in the town centre by Scottish Water. There is a big emphasis on reducing waste and many of the town centre businesses are embracing this by providing re-usable water bottles and drinks containers for sale. 

We would encourage locals and visitors to make use of this tap, reduce waste and stay hydrated. 

 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. 

Water way to start your holiday

PASSENGERS AT EDINBURGH AIRPORT ARE BEING URGED TO TOP UP FROM THE TAP BEFORE TAKING OFF – AND TAKE A PIECE OF SCOTLAND WITH THEM ON THEIR JOURNEY.

A new initiative aims to encourage travellers to empty their refillable bottle before security ready to top up from the tap in the airport’s departure area.

Scottish Water has teamed up with the airport, the busiest in Scotland, to promote the use of refillable bottles and highlight how being hydrated when you fly is good for your health, for your pocket and for the environment.

Together, they are urging people to take a refillable bottle to the airport and top up with fresh, clean Scottish Water at the tap situated just outside the main Duty Free shop after security.  Passengers are also being reminded there is an area before security where they can empty reusable bottles before refilling on the other side.

Douglas Millican, Chief Executive of Scottish Water, said:

We are very proud of our clear great-tasting water – and know our customers are too. We often hear how one of the thing people miss when they travel abroad is the taste of the water they get back home in Scotland.”

This refill tap at Edinburgh Airport lets people fill up before heading onto their flights to take a piece of Scotland away with them. We are encouraging travellers heading to the Capital’s airport to bring a refillable bottle and simply fill up from the tap with one of the country’s best-loved products – our nation’s tap water. Not only does it taste good, it is free and easy to top-up.

From today passengers will see images of a large blue refill bottles at both the empty area and refill tap.

Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport, said:

We’re very aware of the issue of single use plastics and the need for all of us to play our part in reducing their usage. We actively encourage our passengers to bring their reusable bottles and top up from our free refill points because it’s the right thing to do.

There’s the added bonus of having that last little bit of Scotland with them as they head home or off on holiday, knowing they’ve had their thirst for Scotland quenched in more ways than one.

Alex Cole-Hamilton, MSP for Edinburgh Western, welcomed the drive to urge more people to drink tap water and carry reusable water bottles. He said:

This is a great initiative. Our oceans are filling with plastic so any innovation which encourages people to reuse and recycle existing plastic is very welcome. Even small changes like this can help to shift culture and end single use plastics once and for all.

VisitScotland also backed the campaign with the organisation’s Industry Sustainability Manager, Janie Neumann, saying: “Scotland’s unique natural environment is the number one reason why people visit our beautiful country. This is a fantastic initiative from Edinburgh Airport and Scottish Water that will allow visitors to combine their desire to explore Scotland with the opportunity to reduce their plastic waste, contributing to efforts to make our country a sustainable destination.

Visitors will also be able to soak up that last drop of natural water before returning home. With the Year of Coasts & Waters just around the corner in 2020, it may inspire more organisations to introduce their own initiatives celebrating this wonderful natural asset.

When flying, the NHS recommend everyone increases their water intake ahead of and during flights. Humidity drops significantly in a plane meaning moisture evaporates from the body quickly which can lead dehydration.

Ruth Lewis, Nutritional Therapist at New You Edinburgh, said:

Air travel can leave us particularly dehydrated as a result of dry air on airplanes, lack of sleep and consuming caffeine and alcohol. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is associated with flying and it is thought the risk increases in part due to dehydration. Keeping hydrated may also reduce jetlag. Therefore, it’s a good idea to make an extra effort to drink plenty of water while flying.

Scottish Water and Edinburgh Airport aim to continue to remind passengers to bring their refillable bottles on every journey, making travel a more pleasant experience and reducing waste and recycling.

Scottish Water started its Your Water Your Life campaign last June. It highlights the benefits of topping up with fresh, great-tasting tap water – it’s good for the planet, your pocket, and your health.

Edinburgh Airport has just recorded another record-breaking month with its passenger total soaring to 1,106,998 – the first time it has topped one million in March.

For more information contact Scottish Water Press Office on 0131 445682

To find out more go to the Edinburgh Airport website.

Lothian Water Drinkers are Tap of the Class

Edinburgh brewer Innis & Gunn backs Scottish Water drive.

Almost three quarters of people (73 per cent) in the Lothians are tapping into the trend of carrying a refillable bottle when on the go, according to the latest YouGov research.

The insight into the region’s water drinking habits comes as Innis & Gunn became the latest business to back Scottish Water’s Your Water Your Life campaign, which aims to encourage people to top up from the tap.

The firm currently offers free tap water top ups to people passing its bars, including the recently renovated Innis & Gunn Brewery Taproom on Lothian Road, and the Beer Kitchens in Glasgow and Dundee – in a move designed to help reduce single-use plastic waste.

Figures reveal more people nationally are choosing to go with the flow, with around two thirds (65 per cent) of people in Scotland opting for a refillable bottle.

With the research showing 92 per cent of people in the Lothians drink tap water at home – the highest percentage in the country – it is hoped even more people will consider making the switch while out and about for the benefit of the planet, their health and their pockets.

Edinburgh welcomed the first Scottish Water Top up Tap last year, located outside the Scottish Parliament, allowing thousands of people to access fresh, clear drinking water at the push of a button.

The creation of a Top up Tap network forms part of Scottish Water’s drive to encourage its customers to carry a refillable bottle so they can stay hydrated with tap water, with taps set to be installed in around 30 towns and cities over the next two years.

Steve Drew, I&G Retail Director of Operations said:

We’re happy to support any initiative that helps reduce single-use plastic waste, and those who need their water bottles topped up when they’re out and about are welcome to pop into our bars for a refill.

Brian Lironi, director of Corporate Affairs, Scottish Water, said:

It’s great to see that people in the Lothians are embracing drinking tap water on the go by using refillable water bottles.  Your Water Your Life is about promoting the benefits with a view to making water from the tap the first choice of Scotland’s water drinkers.

Not only can topping up from the tap make a positive impact on the environment, it tastes great.  By changing our behaviour as individuals, organisations and communities, we can make a real difference.

For further information, visit yourwateryourlife.co.uk

Water load of fun in Dunfermline

Scotland’s newest water top up tap has been unveiled by the band whose music is the soundtrack to the campaign to encourage people to stay hydrated on the move.

Dancing on Tables enjoyed the first refill of water from the Top up Tap in their hometown Dunfermline – the tenth Top up Tap to be installed across Scotland as part of Scottish Water’s Your Water Your Life campaign.

The high-tech Top Up Tap has been installed at the Kingsgate end of the High Street as part of Scottish Water’s national initiative to encourage people to carry a reusable bottle and stay hydrated out and about.

The band, whose song “Oh” features in the campaign, was joined by pupils from Lynburn Primary School’s Green Team. The youngsters showed off their latest pieces of artwork and recited a poem they had written for the launch which highlights the benefits of topping up from the tap.

Hot off a trip to the USA, Dancing On Tables performed at the refill tap launch with acoustic renditions of the song used in the nationwide campaign, as well as their latest single “Black.”

Shirley Anne Sommerville MSP and Provost of Fife, Councillor Jim Leishman helped officially opened the tap and welcomed the town’s newest landmark.

The refill point is the tenth to be installed since Scottish Water announced it would create a network of them across the country to offer people access to fresh, clean drinking water at the push of a button.

Plastic Free Dunfermline, a movement led by local businessman James Daw, which is focused on getting residents, schools, community groups, businesses and Fife Council to reduce their singe use plastic consumption, initially approached Scottish Water about Dunfermline getting a tap. It supported Scottish Water in finding a suitable location.

Douglas Millican, Scottish Water’s Chief Executive, attended the launch and said:

I am delighted that our landmark tenth tap has been installed here in Dunfermline, home to Scottish Water’s Head Office. This tap represents a real milestone in the campaign and shows our commitment to providing public water refill points in towns across Scotland. I would encourage local residents, workers and visitors to the town, to make full use of the tap year-round by topping up their reusable bottles when they’re out and about.

The unit, which is connected to the mains water supply and inspected regularly, digitally tracks the water usage and records both cost and plastic savings. A recent Scotland-wide study found that almost two thirds of people now carry a refillable water bottle with them at least some of the time.

Commenting, Dunfermline and West Fife MSP, Shirley-Anne Somerville, said:

I’m pleased to see Dunfermline become the home of the latest top up tap in the national network of public refill points. Its central location, right on the High Street, will help local residents and visitors stay refreshed and hydrated on the go.

“Making the switch to a reusable water bottle is an excellent way to cut down on single-use plastic waste. With each refill, people can save money and help to protect the environment at the same time!

And Dunfermline Athletic Director and Provost of Fife, Councillor Jim Leishman, said:

I am pleased to see Scottish Water has chosen Dunfermline as the first town in Fife to get a Top Up Tap. I would encourage anyone walking past to come and have a go at topping up their refillable water bottles

Each of Scottish Water’s Refill taps are connected to units plumbed into the public water supply. They are fitted with technology which will enable them to digitally track water usage at each spot, transmitting the data via cloud technology to the specialists managing Scotland’s water networks.

James Daw from Plastic Free Dunfermline said:

Plastic-Free Dunfermline is delighted Scottish Water’s new outdoor refill point is installed and ready to use. We urge everyone in Dunfermline to always carry their refillable bottles and fill up from it as necessary. By doing so we will avoid buying plastic bottles on-the-go, save money and help to ‘turn off the flow’ of single-use plastic, which is so harmful to the environment

The taps also come with an important education message for children and adults, promoting water as an easy and healthy alternative to other drinks.The event was also attended pupils form the town’s Lynburn Primary, along with teacher Lorna Lang. Mrs Lang leads the school’s Green Team which helps educate pupils and staff about recycling and energy saving. She said:

Pupils from our Green Team were delighted to be invited to be part of the tap launch. The children have been thinking about why we need to drink water to stay healthy and how the tap could reduce single use plastics in Dunfermline, so it was very interesting and useful for them to attend the launch.

Aberdeen scores a high-tech drinking tap and community partnership to boot

A state-of-the-art drinking water tap has been launched in Aberdeen’s city centre to encourage people to stay hydrated, ditch single use plastic and top up a reusable water bottle directly from the tap.

The high-tech Top Up Tap, located on St Nicolas Street, offers passers by the perfect pit stop to stay hydrated and refill with Scotland’s world-class, fresh and delicious water, even while on the move.

The tap’s official opening also marked the launch of a year-long partnership between Scottish Water and Aberdeen Football Club Community Trust. Working together, the two organisations aim to further promote the importance and health benefits of staying hydrated while encouraging customers and fans to ditch single use plastic bottles altogether and opt to carry a reusable bottle.

Aberdeen Lord Provost, Councillor Barney Crockett officially launched the Top Up Tap in the heart of the city, joined by Angus the Bull, Donny the Sheep and volunteers from Aberdeen Football Club Community Trust who handed out refillable water bottles to passing shoppers.

Lord Provost, Councillor Barney Crockett said:

I am delighted to launch Aberdeen’s Top Up Tap alongside Scottish Water and Aberdeen Football Club Community Trust. This is an exciting addition to our city centre and a great way to remind people of the importance of staying hydrated with our country’s lovely, fresh tap water.

Aberdeen Football Club Community Trust Community Operations Manager, Steven Sweeney, commented:

We are proud to be entering into a genuine two-way partnership with Scottish Water, in particular in demonstrating our support for the #YourWaterYourLife campaign at today’s #TopUpTap launch. As Aberdeen FC’s Partner Charity, we engage with 20,000+ participants per year, with many of our activities promoting positive wellbeing and participating in physical activity. Professional footballers need to remain hydrated to maximise performance, and indeed we all should drink water regularly to keep our energy levels and brain function high. Having the top up tap in the City Centre should make staying hydrated easier for many of us, we are delighted to show our support for this fantastic initiative.

Scottish Water, Corporate Affairs Manager for the North, Gavin Steel, added:

We are delighted to launch both the North East’s first top up tap and Scottish Water’s newly formed partnership with AFCCT. Together, we hope that in the coming year we can further promote the important messages this tap represents and encourage customers across the North East not only to top up from the tap for the good of their health and pockets, but also to reduce reliance on single use plastics.

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. It digitally tracks the water usage and records both cost and plastic savings.

Launched in June 2018 as part of the utility’s national Your Water Your Life campaign, the Aberdeen tap is the 8th to be installed so far. The campaign will see over 30 of these modern-day water fountains installed in towns and cities across Scotland over the next two years.

Top Up On The Go After Scottish Water Tap Opens in Oban

Scotland’s newest Top up Tap was unveiled in Oban today, providing local people and visitors to key Argyll and Hebridean tourist spots with an ideal way of staying hydrated while on-the-go.

The new tap, installed as part of a nationwide roll-out, was launched by Scottish Water as part of its Your Water Your Life campaign to encourage more people to drink tap water on- the-go to stay hydrated, save money and protect the environment by using refillable bottles.

The location, near the clock tower in the town’s Station Square, was chosen because it is a transport hub close to the railway and bus stations and the ferry terminal and so very convenient for thirsty travellers and local residents.

The opening of the tap, at which Scottish Water staff distributed refillable bottles to encourage use of the tap and bottles, follows the recent completion of a £29m investment by the utility in a new water treatment works at Tullich south of Oban which supplies drinking water to more than 10,000 customers in the area.

Speaking at the tap launch, Ross Barclay, Scottish Water’s water operations team leader, said:

We’re delighted to have opened the Top up Tap in Oban, which is one of the first ten locations in the country to receive one as part of our nationwide roll-out.

We encourage everyone who lives in the Oban area, and the many visitors and tourists who travel here, to top up while they’re on-the-go using refillable bottles. It’s a convenient way of staying hydrated, saving money and helping reduce litter and protecting the environment.

Welcoming the installation of the tap, Andrew Spence, of Bid4oban, which promotes business interests in the area, said:

We are delighted that Oban has been chosen by Scottish Water for this new initiative. The new tap is in a central location in a busy thoroughfare and that means it will be very convenient for residents and visitors. Hopefully this will encourage people to use reusable bottles and so minimise the use of single-use plastics and bottles.

Phil Hammerton, of Oban Plastics Reduction Initiative, added:

Oban is visited by hundreds of thousands of travellers every year who want access to clear, fresh drinking water. Scottish Water’s Top up Tap initiative is a huge step forward in providing water for travellers on-the-go and residents.

“What we need now is to change our behaviour. We must encourage everyone in the Oban area, whether resident or visitor, to use refillable bottles wherever possible and Scottish Water’s Top up Tap can only help so it’s a very welcome addition to the landscape and facilities in the town centre.

Top up Taps have been installed in locations such as Edinburgh, Glasgow, Ayr, Dumfries, Aberdeen and Inverness and at both ends of the West Highland Way in Milngavie near Glasgow and Fort William.

Members of the Oban High School pipe band and local councillors helped Scottish Water celebrate the tap opening.