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New drinking water fountains to celebrate World Water Day

Central Highlands Water’s Chair Mr Jeremy Johnson and City of Ballarat Deputy Mayor Cr Mark Harris today announce the completion of four new Be Smart Choose Tap drinking fountains located at the Ballarat Aquatic Centre and three water play spaces, including Ballarat North, Sebastopol and Eureka.

Mr Jeremey Johnson, Chair of Central Highlands Water (CHW) said to coincide with World Water Day 2017, we are proud of our joint initiative between CHW and the City of Ballarat to provide drinking fountains at four major community sport and recreational facilities within Ballarat.

“The Aquafil drinking water fountains feature bottle refill dispensers, a wheelchair accessible dispenser and a dog drinking bowl, and in turn promote the benefits of drinking tap water as part of a healthy lifestyle and as a positive alternative to bottled water,” Mr Johnson said.

Cr Mark Harris, Deputy Mayor of the City of Ballarat said these drinking fountains will only help to enhance our city, providing tap water and the benefits of keeping hydrated to children, families and visitors to these four recreational locations.

“There are now over a dozen drinking fountains across the city including Lake Wendouree, major sporting facilities, community play spaces as well as the Ballarat Library and Federation University,” Cr Harris said.

“These young children here today from Sebastapol Child Care Centre represent the future and it’s important we provide them with as much information as we can about the benefits of drinking tap water,” said Mr Johnson.

The Be Smart Choose Tap program is focused on decreasing the number of water bottles going to the landfill and educating children, families and the community about making smart water choices and drinking tap water.