Oban will join 30 Scottish towns and cities to encourage people to top up refillable bottles with our delicious, world-class drinking water.
Scottish Water, which is leading the project, says it aims to have the first ten taps installed by the end of March 2019, which will be available for free to the public.
Each tap will be able to digitally track water usage, and will provide information that can be translated into cost and plastic savings and the volume of water used.
Locally the initiative is being spearheaded by the Oban Plastics Reduction Initiative (OPRI), whose purpose is to “promote, co-ordinate and support actions in the Oban area that encourage residents, visitors and businesses in the Oban area to reduce or phase-out the use of avoidable and single-use plastic, re-use plastic items where possible, ensure that the plastics we use are recyclable, effectively collected and recycled, and use sustainable alternatives.
Plans include awareness-raising public events in schools, establishment of a network of plastics champions in statutory employer workplaces, installation of public water fountains and a refill network of locations in Oban with the goal of achieving Plastic Free Community status.
Look for updates on Oban’s free water points, and meanwhile, download the app to find local refill spots at https://refill.org.uk/get-the-refill-app