Two new outdoor drinking water fountains are now operating in Myponga and were put through their paces during the bumper opening weekend of the Myponga Reservoir Reserve.
One fountain is located within the reservoir’s reserve, fueling visitors with safe, clean water as they explore its natural beauty, with the other in the heart of the town at the new Myponga Playground.
Both new drinking fountains give visitors an additional insight to the town’s working reservoir, serving its water that has been cleaned and treated for supply through the local town network.
District Council of Yankalilla Mayor Glen Rowlands said the locals are enjoying the new community facilities.
“We continue to work closely with SA Water and have formed a great partnership, and it’s rewarding to see the community and visitors to the town benefit from our collaboration,” Glen said.
“We’ve had various suggestions from the community and recently installed fountains in Main Street Yankalilla and on the Normanville Foreshore, bringing an environmentally-friendly solution to the two areas.
“The latest addition of SA Water’s fountains builds on our council’s efforts to lead the way in preserving our natural environment and fostering an ethos centred around sustainable practices.”
The new drinking fountains at Myponga add to six others recently installed at Adelaide Oval, with another five switched on in Kapunda, Port Lincoln, Coonalpyn, Port Augusta and within the Monarto Zoo.
SA Water General Manager Customers, Strategy and Innovation Anna Jackson said the fountains, which are part of a larger program aimed at making tap water more accessible across the state, will make it easy for locals and visitors to BYOB.
“If you’re heading to enjoy and explore Myponga Reservoir Reserve, be sure to BYOB – Bring Your Own Bottle!” Anna said.
“Smart technology in the fountains allow our team to remotely monitor them, generating cleaning and maintenance schedules, and built-in solar lighting keeps them illuminated and easy to find at night.
“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.”
The fountains feature artwork created by Aboriginal artist Paul Herzich, which depicts waterholes specific to Aboriginal groups from across South Australia.
“Including these special designs on the Myponga fountains is part of our commitment to reconciliation, and is just one of the ways we’re demonstrating this in our work with communities around the state,” Anna said.
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