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Water Bottle Refill Facilities Added to Belvedere House

Cathaoirleach Ken Glynn with Mary Bannon

Belvedere House, Gardens and Park re-opens this week and Cathaoirleach Ken Glynn was delighted to welcome the addition of a new water bottle filler which has been installed giving free refills to visitors. Cathaoirleach Glynn stated “I am thrilled that we’re at the stage that Belvedere is re-opening to the public and the addition of a water bottle filler is a great asset for visitors. Plastic pollution is a serious environmental problem and these units are a practical solution to reduce and prevent plastic pollution”.

Stephen Masterson, Manager Belvedere House, Gardens and Park stated ‘We are delighted to be reopening on Monday next the 26th. We have made several improvements here during the Spring. Hopefully all that visit will enjoy the park as it is now coming into bloom. The addition of the water station is in line with our sustainable plan and we hope to share more on this over the coming weeks.’

Mary Bannon, Visitor Services Supervisor, Belvedere stated “We are really looking forward to welcoming visitors back. With stunning views of the Jealous Wall, Gothic Arch and lakeshore, the park, play areas, woodland paths and gardens will be open to explore and enjoy”

The installation of the water bottle fillers is a waste prevention initiative by the Council’s Environment Department. Ruth Maxwell stated “Every day in excess of 220,000 single use plastic bottles are used in Ireland. Under this initiative twelve water bottle fillers have been installed. Each one of these units will play a part in reducing the demand for plastic bottles. Installing the units in public amenities, such as Belvedere has a dual effect – it is an amenity to the visitor and is also an educational tool to practically demonstrate how our actions can make a difference”.

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: 23/04/2021