New Drinking Stations on the Beaches

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Eleven new water stations are being installed across the Northern Beaches to make it easier for locals and visitors to access drinking water this summer.

Northern Beaches Council and Sydney Water have partnered on the project, with Sydney Water donating eight of the stations.

The water stations will reduce the amount of plastic bottles going to landfill, polluting bushland or ending up in the ocean or other waterways.

Northern Beaches Mayor Michael Regan says, “This is timely since single-use plastic and polystyrene products, including bottled water, will be discouraged from use and sale at local public events under our Waste Minimisation at Functions and Events Policy.

“Refillable water stations are also a positive health initiative, providing an alternative to sugary drinks.”

The water station locations include Careel Bay, Avalon Beach, Newport Beach, Kitchener Park in Mona Vale, Terrey Hills Oval, Beacon Hill Oval, John Fisher Park in North Curl Curl, Weldon Oval in Curl Curl, Freshwater Beach, David Thomas Reserve in Manly Vale and Tania Park in Seaforth.

Fast Facts on Plastic Bottled Water

  • It can take 250ml of oil and three litres of water to produce one litre of bottled water.
  • A plastic water bottle takes about 1,000 years to break down.
  • Only 35 per cent of plastic bottles get recycled with the majority ending up in landfill.
  • For every tonne of plastic produced, three tonnes of carbon dioxide is released.
  • As of July 2016, five litres of Sydney tap water costs less than one cent.
  • Bottled water ranges from 1,500 - 2,000 times more expensive than tap water.
Source: Northern Beaches Council