National drinking water network launches

City to Sea has today announced that it will launch a national programme to provide free drinking water for consumers on-the-go.

The network will provide free water refill stations in shops, cafes, businesses and water fountains across England under plans set out by the water industry.

Members of the public will be able to use an app on their phone to find the nearest refill point or look out for a special sign in shop windows as the nationwide scheme is rolled out. This builds on the work of the Refill scheme, which first piloted in Bristol in September 2015.

Gavin Partington, Director General at British Soft Drinks Association, commented: “Sales of bottled water have been on the increase in recent years but we’ve always welcomed the idea that consumers should have a choice when they’re on the go.

“We recognise the need to increase recycling and reduce littering and we welcome the opportunity to work together with governments, NGO’s and other stakeholders to address this.”

Under the plans for a nationwide scheme, water companies will work with Refill to develop local action plans with partners, with the network and national app in place by 2021.