Guernsey Water to install trial public refill stations
Guernsey Water have announced that they hope to install two trial public refill water stations early this year, subject to planning approval.
Following the introduction of Refill as a scheme on island in 2018, Guernsey Water said it has seen the Refill revolution grow, with over 100 local businesses now signed up as Refill stations across the island.
Margaret McGuinness, Water Quality Risk Manager at Guernsey Water said: "The popularity of Refill as a scheme locally has really shown us the importance that islanders place on refilling their water bottles when they are out and about. The next logical step for us is to trial the introduction of permanent public Refill stations."
Guernsey Water has submitted planning permission for the trial of two Refill stations this year. One will be installed near the Liberation Monument - an area which has a large pedestrian footfall not only for town shoppers and visitors but also as a venue for local events such as Seafront Sundays. The other at Vazon which will provide free tap water top ups to beach goers, dog walkers, events and visitors throughout the year.
"We have engaged with nearby local businesses in relation to our plans which have been met with support, we will continue to work with those nearby to ensure we are able to minimise any disruption which may occur during installation" said Mrs McGuinness.
Guernsey Water confirmed that the investment is in line with two of the utility's seven business outcomes, Protect our Environment and Safe and Good to Drink. The utility also advised that they view this investment in the long term best interest of islanders and the Island's environment.
A digital representation of a potential Refill station can be seen below.