By Molly Magennis
Seven new water stations will be installed across Maribyrnong to help locals reduce disposable single-use plastic.
In a collaboration with Greater Western Water, the Choose Tap program will allow residents to easily stay hydrated and fill up their water bottles when they’re out and about, instead of relying on buying single-use plastic water bottles. Residents will also be able to drink directly from the fountain.
Most water stations also include a bowl, which is close to the ground for dogs to use, and can be filled with fresh water when a foot button is pushed.
For the first phase of the program new wheelchair accessible water stations will first appear at Yarraville Oval, McIvor Reserve, and Anglers Rest, near the Anglers Tavern on Chifley Drive, Maribyrnong.
Further stations will follow at Hansen Reserve, Thompson Reserve, Henry Turner South Pavilion, and Beaton Reserve.
An inbuilt system will monitor the amount of water used at each site and will provide Council with information in regards to the water consumption and the reduction in single-use plastic.
Mayor, Cr Anthony Tran said Maribyrnong Council is proud to support this new, sustainable initiative.
“The installation of these water stations across the municipality is another important step in meeting Council’s Towards Zero Waste Strategy, helping our residents in the face of climate change and continuing Council’s commitment to reducing our impact on the planet.”