Public refill stations on Guernsey Water's agenda
PUBLIC refill water stations could be installed in the island, if planning permission is granted.
Guernsey Water announced its intention to install two trial stations early this year.
The Refill scheme was introduced in Guernsey in 2018 by Love Guernsey and Guernsey Water in an aim to make refilling reusable bottles with water easy, convenient and free by introducing local businesses as refill stations.
Guernsey Water said it has seen the Refill revolution grow, with over 100 local businesses now signed up as refill stations across the island.
'The popularity of the scheme locally has really shown us the importance that islanders place on refilling their water bottles when they are out and about,' water quality risk manager at Guernsey Water Margaret McGuinness said.
'The next logical step for us is to trial the introduction of permanent public refill stations.'
Guernsey Water has submitted a planning application for the trial of two stations this year. One will be installed near the Liberation monument in town and the other at Vazon, if permission is granted.
The areas were chosen because they naturally attract footfall from shoppers, visitors, beach-goers, dog walkers and events.
'We have engaged with nearby local businesses in relation to our plans which have been met with support and we will continue to work with those nearby to ensure we are able to minimise any disruption which may occur during installation,' Mrs McGuinness said.
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'.
They view this investment as being in the long-term best interest of islanders and the island's environment.