Drinking water fountains planned for Colchester

Plans for five new new drinking water fountains have been announed for Colchester by Council chiefs.

In support of Colchester’s Plastic Pledge, the aim of supplying the new water fountains is to help reduce the use of single-use plastic bottles. The project also supports the Better Colchester campaign.

Commissioned by Colchester Borough Homes, a formal and costed feasibility study will be undertaken, resulting in up to five locations to be considered for the new water fountains. These may include reopening old water fountains and providing modern ones.

Cllr. David King (Lib), Portfolio Holder for Resources, said: “We want more residents and visitors to join the Refill revolution, to move away from single use plastic bottles and to keep healthy and hydrated.

“I know the water fountains will be received as practical, helpful and welcoming. I hope that this can also include a revival of our older water fountains.

“We need to take every opportunity we can to make the most of our history and our heritage.”

The feasibility study is due to be completed by the end of November 2018, with estimated completion of works by the summer of 2019.