South East Water and community team up on tap water

19 July 2019

Over the next six months we’re making it easier for you to choose tap by installing 20 public water fountains across Melbourne’s south-east.

With 80 per cent of single-use water bottles ending up in in landfill or waterways, there’s no better reason to choose tap water instead of bottled water.

We’ve partnered with Alfred Health, Bayside City Council, Glen Eira City Council and Knox City Council to install new Choose Tap fountains so that you can enjoy free drinking water when you’re out and be sustainable at the same time.

You’ll start seeing the fountains pop up in the following locations:

Alfred Health

  • Caulfield Hospital
  • Sandringham Hospital
  • The Alfred, Prahran


  • Brighton Beach Gardens – Green Point, Brighton
  • Bayside City Council Civic Centre, Sandringham
  • Middle Brighton Baths, Brighton

Glen Eira

  • Bentleigh shopping district, Centre Road, Bentleigh
  • Duncan McKinnon Reserve, Murrumbeena
  • East Caulfield Reserve, Caulfield

Knox City

  • Egan Lee Reserve, Knoxfield
  • Ferntree Gully Reserve, Ferntree Fully
  • Quarry Reserve, Upper Ferntree Gully
  • Wally Tew Reserve, Ferntree Gully

South East Water’s Chair Lucia Cade said there were big environmental benefits to choosing tap water over single-use plastic bottled water.

 “By working together with local organisations to increase public access to tap water, we hope to reduce the amount of single-use plastic ending up in landfill or in our waterways.

“We know people are keen to fight the war on waste and these water fountains are a great way to help everyone do just that,” said Ms Cade.

The fountains feature a water bubbler, bottle refill, a dog bowl, solar lighting and a digital water meter. The meter provides information to the organisation on the number of bottles saved from landfill and CO2 emissions saved.

Choosing tap water over bottled water also has huge cost benefits. If you drink two litres of water per day from your tap at home, it’ll cost around $1.50 per year. Alternatively, the same amount of water from single-use bottles can add up to $2,800 per year.

The rollout is part of the Choose Tap initiative which is a coalition of water organisations, including South East Water, and councils across Australia. Together, we’re working to increase community access to free, fresh tap water. For more information you can visit

Councils interested in partnering with us to have these water fountains installed in their community can contact our Community Education team at