Causeway Coast & Glens Council could install a water refill point at a location across the borough in a bid to encourage people not only to use re-useable bottles, but also reduce their waste footprint.
A number of sites are suggested as being suitable for the trial installation. The proposal is that a trial is carried out for a 2 year period at least at one of the following locations to complement the H2O on the Go scheme:
• The Crescent, Portstewart
• The Water Sports Centre, Portrush
• The Promenade, Ballycastle
• Riverside Park, Ballymoney
• The Diamond, Coleraine
• Market St, Limavady
The above locations were selected as they experience high footfall from a mix of both tourists, shoppers, and recreational users.
A report that will be presented to Councillors tomorrow evening reads "Significant quantities of plastic finds its’ way into our seas each year.
"Much of this pollution comes in the form of single-use plastic drinks bottles.
"Providing water refill points could help reduce the amount of plastic entering the seas around the Causeway coast. 2.2 Water refill points can also encourage healthy hydration, reduction in sugary drink intake, reduce litter, reduce cost as water is free and reduce the carbon footprint associated with plastic production."
Two options will be available to Councillors :
1. Given the indicative cost, Members to agree which of the above sites should be trialled. Other sites could also be considered subject to Members wishes.
2. Officers to bring back confirmation of costs and that chosen sites are acceptable (following consultation with premises and land owners, water easily accessible etc).
The cost of a suitable vandal-proof refill station costs £2,645 to purchase. Depending on location, installation can cost another £2.000 to £4,000.
Annual maintenance will cost £1.000 to £2,000 per year. Total cost £5,645 to £8,645 (year 1).