Oliver helps launch Top Up Tap

LOCAL MSP Oliver Mundell joined town children and other community representatives when Scottish Water unveiled a new water refill point in Dumfries on Tuesday.


The high-tech Top Up Tap has been installed by the publicly-owned utility in Queensberry Square as part of its national initiative to encourage people to carry a reusable bottle and stay hydrated on the go. 


The refill point is the fourth to be installed since Scottish Water announced it would create a network across the country to offer people access to fresh, clean drinking water at the push of a button.


It is connected to the mains water supply and inspected regularly, digitally tracks the water usage and records both cost and plastic savings. A recent Scotland-wide study found that almost two thirds of people now carry a refillable water bottle at times.


Youngsters are amongst the biggest users of refill bottles and schools teach children from an early age about plastic pollution and the immense value.


Oliver said: "We are fortunate to live in a country with a fantastic supply of high quality water.  Like many people I like nothing better than a refreshing drink of tap water at home. 


"Taking the extra step and carrying a re-usable bottle with me to top up is an easy and logical next step. 


"This habit will be encouraged by the Scottish Water Top Up Taps like this one in Dumfries. It is win-win -- good for the planet and for our pockets."