Water fountains set to reduce plastic waste

MEC student Isabelle Chatfield, CHW chair Jeremy Johnson and Central Goldfields Shire chief administrator Noel Harvey fill up drink bottles at the unveiling of a CHW water fountain at Princes Park last week.

Seven drinking fountains are set to be installed around Maryborough as part of an initiative to reduce plastic bottled water and create a healthier community.

Central Highlands Water (CHW), in partnership with the Central Goldfields Shire and Maryborough Education Centre (MEC), announced the initiative on Wednesday last week to coincide with the beginning of the 2019 Energy Breakthrough.

Some drinking fountains have already been installed including three at MEC and one each at the Princes Park grand stand and the Goldfields Reservoir picnic area.

The remaining two are set to be installed before the end of the year at Coronation Park and the Lake Victoria adventure playground.

The fountains are designed to improve the health and environment of the local community and encourages the use of reusable bottles over plastic.

CHW managing director Paul O’Donohue said he hopes the fountains, which can be used to drink from or fill up water bottles, will encourage Maryborough residents to ditch plastic bottles.

“We’re thrilled to be here in Maryborough supporting healthy living,” he said.

“It is about the water and healthy side of things but it’s also about single-use receptacles that end up in landfill, which is not good for the environment or the planet.

“We’ve spent a lot of money over the last few years to improve water quality in Maryborough and we believe we’re there, but people still have habits they follow when it comes to buying bottled water.

“The water quality here now is as good as you’d get anywhere.”

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