Wingecarribee Shire Council has installed the first two of six new public drinking fountains in Moss Vale’s Leighton Gardens and Mittagong’s Winifred West Park.
The installation of the fountains follows on from the drinking water fountains that were installed in Bundanoon as part of the Bundy on Tap movement, and Council’s portable drinking water fountain that was purchased by the Environment Levy for use at public events.
“Visitors to the towns can now enjoy fresh, filtered drinking water, safe in the knowledge they’re also doing their bit to help minimise their impact on the environment by consuming a healthy alternative to pre-packaged products,” said Barry Arthur, Council’s Manager of Environment and Sustainability.
Apart from also being wheelchair accessible, the fountains also contain a purpose built water bottle attachment and removable perspex facades which allow for interchangeable signage or artwork to be placed within.
Unique to the fountains is a built-in self draining dog drinking bowl that will ensure visitors four-legged friends are also kept well hydrated when visiting the parks.
The remaining drinking fountains will be progressively installed in time for summer at locations around the Shire including Corbett Plaza and Corbett Gardens in Bowral, Council’s Mittagong Visitor Information Centre and the Berrima Market Place.
The drinking water fountains have been funded from Council’s Water fund.