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To reduce the amount of single-use plastic bottles that Londoners use, I partnered with Zoological Society of London’s #Oneless campaign to install 28 free drinking fountains. Over the last 20 months the first 23 fountains have collectively dispensed 250,492 litres of water, which is the equivalent of 501,178 half litre single-use plastic water bottles. On average, each fountain has dispensed approximately 11,000 litres which equates to avoiding almost 22,000 half litre water bottles per fountain.
I’m now working in partnership with Thames Water to install over 100 more drinking fountains over three years (2018/19 to 2020/21). All the Thames Water drinking fountains are being fitted with smart meters to keep track of usage. The first usage report will be available later in the autumn.
I’ve also launched London Refill, which is a water bottle refill scheme where businesses can sign up and offer free tap water refills to the public. Please see MQ19883 for refill data regarding this scheme.