Water Fountains (1)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 24th May 2022.

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Photo of Leonie Cooper Leonie Cooper Labour

How many water fountains have now been installed, as part of your programme with Thames Water, across London?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

To help Londoners ditch single-use plastic bottles and reduce waste, I partnered with Thames Water to install over 100 fountains, across busy areas of London. Although this programme was suspended during the COVID-19 lockdown all previously installed water fountains have now been reopened and new installations have recommenced.

So far, we have installed 93 drinking fountains across 24 boroughs, 80 of which are open to the public, the remainder are yet to pass through water quality approval.

In addition to the drinking fountains I am installing with Thames Water, I installed 28 drinking fountains in a pilot scheme with the Zoological Society of London. I am also working with City to Sea to deliver the Refill London campaign, where people can go into shops and businesses and ask for a free water refill instead of buying one. So far, this campaign has provided over 4,400 refill points across the city, up from approximately 200 when the programme started in March 2018.