A state-of-the-art drinking water tap was launched today in the capital of the Highlands, marking World Water Day. To celebrate the launch and highlight the new tap, Scottish Water was joined by Provost of Inverness Councillor Helen Carmichael and young runners from Crown Primary School.

The high-tech tap, located on Inverness High Street at the bottom of the Market Brae steps, offers passers by the perfect pit stop to refill reusable water bottles with Scotland’s world-class fresh and delicious water, even while on the move.

Crown Primary pupils attended ready for action dressed in their school Running Club t-shirts. A club driven by parents to promote running as an inclusive activity for all, it enables pupils to participate without barriers. The club offers the opportunity for pupils to try different types of running such as cross country, orienteering or athletics as well as target training and other Fun Runs. The aim is to instil a love of running in pupils and contribute to a healthy and happy lifestyle.

Provost and Leader of Inverness City Council, Councillor Helen Carmichael, said:
“The introduction of public water refill points in Inverness city centre is welcomed by Inverness Councillors. It complements the work and aims of The Highland Council, which in November 2018, became the first local authority in Scotland to develop a holistic strategy and action plan to reduce the consumption of single use plastics from its sites and schools, and the wider community.”

Gavin Steel, Corporate Affairs Manager for Scottish Water, added:
“Launching the Inverness Top up Tap on World Water Day is a reminder of how lucky we are in Scotland to have clean, fresh and great tasting drinking water at the turn of a tap. We hope this new facility in the heart of the Highland Capital will help to encourage customers not only to top up from the tap for the good of their health and their pocket, but also for the environment, helping to reduce plastic waste.”

“Being active and staying hydrated go hand in hand. As well as being used by shoppers and visitors, we hope the tap will encourage even more people to make use of the unique outdoor spaces around Inverness for walking, running, cycling and more.  Just like water from the tap, exercising outdoors is free, good for your health and good for the future of our local environment.”

After launching the tap, a team from Scottish Water distributed refillable water bottles to the public to help get the new tap off to a running start.