A pair of new outdoor drinking water fountains are now bubbling away in the Mid North as part of SA Water’s ongoing program making tap water more accessible in the community.
Located at Port Pirie’s Memorial Oval and Adelaide Square in Crystal Brook, the fountains provide a convenient spot for locals and visitors to fill up or have a drink for free while out exploring the area.
Port Pirie Regional Council Chief Executive Officer Peter Ackland said the fountains are welcome additions to the popular precincts.
“More access to an environmentally friendly alternative is fantastic and provides a great boost for visitor experience, so we are thrilled to have secured two new SA Water fountains for our community,” Peter said.
“As a council we are always on the lookout for new ways to lessen plastic’s impact on the planet, and these fountains will help offset the amount of single-use plastic water bottles ultimately heading to landfill.”
Designed and manufactured in Australia, a low-lying drinking arm bubbler on the side ensures each fountain is child and wheelchair accessible, and an in-ground dog drinking bowl will keep thirsty pooches satisfied.
The fountain’s contemporary hygiene features such as its ‘water window’ allow for easy, safe filling of water bottles and a splash guard limits direct mouth contact with the bubbler nozzle.
SA Water General Manager Customers, Strategy and Innovation Anna Jackson said greater accessibility to tap water will enable the community to build a healthy habit.
“User experience is at the core of the fountain’s design which creates an inviting appearance, making them easier for all community members to drink from and fill up their reuseable bottles,” Anna said.
“Having fountains in prominent community hubs and parks is an excellent opportunity for us to promote the many benefits of tap water – it’s one of the best decisions you can make for your health, your wallet and the environment.
“With around 370 million single-use plastic water bottles making their way to landfill each year in Australia, we’re working to provide convenient places to refill and help South Australians continue leading the way in reducing plastic waste.”
Port Pirie Regional Council joins a growing network of councils and venues across the state, including Adelaide Showground, who are partnering with SA Water to install 50 drinking fountains.
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