An outdoor drinking water fountain that automatically monitors its water use and lets you know when it needs to be cleaned, is now operating on Port Lincoln's foreshore.
The fountain is the latest of four to be set up across regional areas of the state, providing a free alternative to bottled water for the local community and people passing through the area.
SA Water's General Manager of Communications and Engagement Anna Jackson said the fountain is connected to SA Water's supply network, which distributes drinking water to homes and businesses in the region.
"The water this fountain produces is the same safe, clean water that flows from your tap," Anna said.
"The fountain also has a more modern design with the inclusion of a 'water window' allowing easy filling of a reusable bottle, and a foot pedal-operated in-ground dog bowl which lowers and fills with water for single use, ensuring adequate drainage and clean water every time.
"In addition, the fountain's water use can be remotely monitored by the local council, generate subsequent cleaning and maintenance schedules, and comes with a solar lighting system for illumination at night.
"On top of this, it can produce environmental, health and cost saving reports, with information such as how many plastic bottles were saved from landfill by choosing to either take a drink directly or fill up a reusable bottle with water from the fountain," Anna said.
"There are clear environmental benefits of choosing tap over bottled water, but it's also better for your hip pocket - more than 90 per cent of the cost of a bottle of water actually comes from its lid and label."
SA Water has worked with local government, Zoos SA and manufacturer Meet PAT to set up the four fountains in Port Lincoln, Coonalpyn, Port Augusta and within the Monarto Zoo.
"We're also continuing to get interest from other communities across South Australia, and plan to roll-out more drinking fountains in the near future," Anna said.
"In the meantime, we provide portable water trailers - or Quench Benches - with in-built taps and bubblers, free of charge for large community events in regional and metropolitan areas of the state."
The City of Port Lincoln will be responsible for the ongoing management and maintenance of the fountain in their region. SA Water - through the Australian Water Quality Centre (AWQC) - will conduct annual testing of the water supplied through all four fountains.
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