A new outdoor drinking water fountain has landed on the green at Copper Coast Putt Putt as part of SA Water’s ongoing program making tap water more accessible in the community.
The fountain provides a convenient spot for punters to fill up or have a drink for free during a hit of mini golf on the 18-hole course, which is now back in full swing after temporarily closing to support COVID-19 measures.
Copper Coast Council Chief Executive Officer Russell Peate said the fountain was a welcome addition to the popular precinct.
“We are thrilled to secure one of the new SA Water drinking fountains for a vibrant community hub enjoyed by people of all ages,” Russell said.
“Council is always on the lookout for new ways to lessen plastic’s impact on the planet and the fountain will help offset the amount of single-use plastic water bottles ultimately heading to landfill.
“More access to an environmentally friendly alternative is fantastic and provides a great boost for visitor experience while inspiring drinking of water.”
Designed and manufactured in Australia, a low-lying drinking arm bubbler on the side ensures the fountain is child and wheelchair accessible, and an in-ground dog drinking bowl will keep thirsty pooches satisfied.
The fountain’s contemporary hygiene features such as its ‘water window’ allow for easy, safe filling of water bottles and a splash guard limits direct mouth contact with the bubbler nozzle.
SA Water General Manager Customers, Strategy and Innovation Anna Jackson said greater accessibility to tap water will enable the community to build a healthy habit.
“User experience is at the core of the fountain’s design which creates an inviting appearance, making them easier for all community members to drink from and fill up their reuseable bottles,” Anna said.
“Having fountains in prominent community hubs and parks is an excellent opportunity for us to promote the many benefits of tap water – it’s one of the best decisions you can make for your health, your wallet and the environment.
“With around 370 million single-use plastic water bottles making their way to landfill each year in Australia, we’re working to provide convenient places to refill and help South Australians continue leading the way in reducing plastic waste.”
Copper Coast Council joins a growing network of councils and venues across the state, including Adelaide Showground, who are partnering with SA Water to install 30 drinking fountains.
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