Cathaoirleach Ken Glynn recently visited Mullingar Swimming Pool and the libraries in Athlone and Mullingar where new water bottle fillers have been installed to encourage users to bring their own bottle and refill as required.
Cathaoirleach Glynn stated “I am delighted to see these units, offering a free water refill, placed in key public locations. This is a pragmatic solution to tackling the plastic pollution problem, as users have the opportunity to refill their own reusable bottle. It also gives people the opportunity to take a practical step in tackling climate change as so often we hear about the need to “take action” to tackle climate change and it can seem unreachable but this is a simple step that anyone from nought to ninety can take”.
Mary Stuart, County Librarian, welcomed the installation of the water bottle filler units. She stated “we are delighted to have these facilities available for our customers. Unfortunately, Covid restrictions have meant that they have not been utilised to their maximum capacity, but we are looking forward to seeing them utilised and enjoyed by our customers when normal activity returns”.
The installation of the water bottle fillers is a waste prevention initiative by the Council’s Environment Department. Ruth Maxwell of the Environment Department stated “Every day in excess of 220,000 single use plastic bottles are used in Ireland. Under this initiative twelve water bottle fillers are being installed with the remaining installation scheduled for Belvedere House, Park and Gardens in the new year. Each one of these units will play a part in reducing the demand for plastic bottles and some of the units have been installed in schools. Installing the units in schools has a dual effect – it creates an amenity in the school and is also an educational tool to practically demonstrate how our actions can make a difference – one sip at a time!”.
Chuir Damien Ó Caoláin, bainisteoir na linne snámha sa Mhuileann gCearr, taispeántas ar siúl ar oibriú na huirlise dáilte uisce do Chathaoirleach na Comhairle Contae. Leag sé béim ar a thábhachtaí atá sé don lucht snámha uisce úr a ól roimh agus tar éis dóibh snámh. Ghabh an lucht snámha a mbuíochas leis an mBainistíocht as an ngléas nua a sholáthar dóibh agus is soiléir go mbainfidh idir óg agus aosta úsáid rialta as.
The water bottle fillers are a unit that allows the user to insert their reusable bottle into the unit and it fills the bottle automatically, without any need for touch or contact. There is a digital counter on the unit and it records the number of refills per unit. The units have been supplied and installed by Crystal Clear Ltd.
Content Last Updated/Reviewed: 16/12/2020