Water for London
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Water for London (WfL) is a grassroots-movement, helping catalyse a network of accessible water refill fountains across London. We believe people who live, work and play in our city should have easy access to free, healthy hydration.
Water for London believes that water refill and fountains present an amazing opportunity for our city to help minimise plastic bottle waste while simultaneously supporting the wellbeing of London’s citizens with readily available healthy hydration points.
Research shows that London consumes more plastic bottled water per capita that any other English region, has the worst recycling rates in the UK, and 10% of waste found in the River Thames is plastic drink bottles and lids. The good news is that London (& the UK) is ready for refill – 62% of UK adults would not buy bottled water if tap water were freely available.
In health terms, childhood obesity in the UK is increasingly concerning, with 1 in 4 children starting primary school obese or overweight, and rising to one in three at secondary school. Sugary drinks are the single largest source of sugar in youngster’s diets, leading to diseases, such as diabetes and tooth decay. A major opportunity in installing more drinking fountains is to improve children’s access to water as a cheap (free!) alternative to sugary bottled drinks.
WfL choose to focus on London’s transport network because these hubs – TfL (e.g. tube, overland, river-boat, buses), mainline rail, and airports – are very much part of public space, are used by millions of people every day, and – in the case of TfL – are under public jurisdiction.
We hope action in London will inspire other local communities to create change in their own towns/cities, and we support this by sharing our resources and learning online and on-request.
WfL is entirely volunteer run and has no funding or party-political ties.
Get involved by taking a “thirsty selfie” at your local station. Water bottle prop optional. Tag the relevant transport company and ask them #WheresMyWaterFountain? We want to show the transport companies that people do want more water access across the city.
Check out social media handles and suggested posts here.
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