Twenty new public water fountains are planned for London, after the refill points at Liverpool Street Station dispensed 8,000 litres, the equivalent of 16,000 bottles, in under a month.
Locations across the city – including Windrush Square in Brixton, the Natural History Museum and near the new skate park in Ealing's Acton Park – will be home to new water fountains providing free drinking water to whoever needs it, in a bid to reduce waste from plastic bottles.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan worked with the Zoological Society of London to decide the location of the water refill stations, after research by ZSL's OneLess campaign estimated that the average Londoner buys over three plastic water bottles a week, or 175 bottles a year.
"We were taken aback by the number of applications we received to install drinking fountains across London," says Dr Heather Koldewey, #OneLess campaign Director and Head of Marine and Freshwater Conservation at ZSL.
"There is definitely huge appetite in London to stop using single-use plastic and establish a new culture of refilling. We are delighted to be working with the Mayor of London on this exciting initiative to reduce the plastic blight on the ocean and firmly establish London as a city that no longer uses plastic bottled water."