South East Water and Bayside City Council have again teamed up to make it easier for residents and visitors to choose tap water over bottled, with two new water bottle refill stations installed along the Bay Trail:

  • Beach Rd (near Black Rock Clocktower and playground)
  • Dawson Street, Brighton

The fountains all feature a water bubbler, bottle refill tap, a dog water bowl, solar lighting and a digital water meter – which shows Council and South East Water how many plastic bottles have been saved from landfill and the CO2 emissions saved from producing these.

South East Water’s Managing Director, Lara Olsen said “We’re really excited to again be collaborating with Bayside City Council to increase the community’s access to free and fresh tap water in these busy recreational areas.

“The new Choose Tap fountains means more of our bayside customers and visitors can stay hydrated with free drinking water when they’re out and about.  

Ms Olsen noted the environmental benefits of choosing tap water to reduce single-use plastic – with 1,440 bottles being sent to landfill every minute.  

“We know how much our community cares about reducing the amount of single-use plastic that ends up in landfill or our waterways. These water fountains are a great sustainable solution to help everyone do that."

South East Water Managing Director, Lara Olsen

Bayside Mayor Cr Alex del Porto agreed, saying the water fountains will enhance the usability of the Council’s open spaces. 

“Bayside is home to some of Melbourne’s best beaches, parks and trails that residents and visitors love to explore,” Cr del Porto said.

“Bay Trail users can now enjoy the convenience of filling up their water bottles as they discover the sights and sounds of Bayside’s foreshore.

“We also recently installed a new bike repair station next to Black Rock Choose Tap thanks to a generous donation from the Sandringham Rotary Club."

"It's a perfect stop for cyclists to fill up and make any adjustments to their bike at the same time” 
Bayside Mayor, Cr Alex del Porto

More ‘Choose Taps’ are located along the Bay Trail at Middle Brighton Baths; Green Point, Brighton; and in Royal Avenue Reserve, Sandringham.

Over the coming months, South East Water and Bayside City Council will install an additional fountain at Rickets Point in Beaumaris, further enhancing public enjoyment of the Bay Trail.

The new water fountains are part of the Choose Tap® initiative, which works to improve the health and wellbeing of the community and environment by promoting tap water as the most sustainable drink of choice. This project has been funded through our current price submission commitments, where customers told us they want to support the community and protect our environment.

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