Hull drinking fountains helping to reduce single use plastic

The amount of water consumed from three drinking fountains in Hull city centre since they were installed in September is the equivalent to 29,000 bottles of water, helping to reduce plastic bottle usage in the city.

The success of the fountains has been revealed by Yorkshire Water to support Water UK’s national drinking water scheme unveiled yesterday, which is designed to encourage people to refill, rather than rely on single use plastic bottles.

Yorkshire Water has also announced that it aims to work towards cutting the amount of single use plastic bottles by a third in Yorkshire, working with partner organisations to help achieve.

Duncan Macintyre, project advisor for Yorkshire Water and lead on three new drinking fountains in Hull said. “Together we would like to reduce the use of single use plastics in Yorkshire by a third and help make the region an environment champion for other counties to aspire to. Our drinking fountains scheme in Hull has already taken 29,000 single use bottles out of circulation through the provision of water, so we know how much schemes like this can help in reducing plastics and littering, as well as improving access to water and saving people money.”

Drinking fountains were first installed in Hull in 1858, even before London got them, to slake the thirst of workers and help prevent excessive trips to the ale-house. They were still popular well into the 1900s before all working-class houses started to get piped water. The new fountains installed by Yorkshire Water can be found in Hull at King Edwards Square, Queens Gardens and the Marina.