Help get more public drinking fountains to reduce the amount of bottled drinks bought.
We want the Government to legislate that all councils are to have public drinking fountains in 50% of playgrounds, parks and sports grounds.
- Good access to water in outdoor public places is an important health and environmental issue.
- Yet currently, it’s often so hard to find a public drinking fountain that it’s easier to find somewhere to buy bottled drinks.
- As few as 1-in-10 parks and 1-in-5 children’s playgrounds in NZ have water fountains.
- With an average of just one drinking fountain for every 3,303 people and as few as one fountain for every 17,000 people in the worst-affected areas.
- To rehydrate people then resort to buying bottled water or soft drinks, in single-use plastic, and often high in sugar.
- Approx’ 838M bottles are thrown away each year in NZ, that litter our beaches and waterways, kill our bird life, and get in the fish we eat.
- Kiwis consume up to six times the recommended daily sugar intake, with 25 per cent coming from sugary drinks.
- Whilst the sugar is contributing to obesity, and killer diseases such as Diabetes type 2.
SIGN NOW as a new Crown entity to regulate water Taumata Arowai is in its final reading. This has a range of objectives and functions, including protecting and promoting public health outcomes. Greater provision of public water fountains will help with better public health outcomes.