In response to the Mayor’s announcement of a new £5 million fund for the installation of 100 new water fountains across the capital, local London Assembly Member, Florence Eshalomi AM, said:
“It is vitally important that we do all we can to tackle plastic waste in London, particularly as thousands of plastic bottles end up in the River Thames and our waterways every year.
“Even as we enter these colder months, it is essential all Londoners are able to keep hydrated on the go. It is very encouraging that this work is happening tosignificantly expanding the existing network of refill points across the capital.
“It is great to see key locations across Lambeth & Southwark including Windrush Square, St Thomas’ Hospital, Camberwell Green and Guy’s Hospital confirmed as part of the first 20 water fountain sites. I would urge the council, local businesses and organisations to bid for a share of this funding. Securing this funding would mean we could somewhat reduce our impact on the environment, and provide a helping hand to those without a clean or reliable supply of drinking water.”
Notes to editors
- A joint monitoring programme between the charity, Thames 21, and the #OneLess campaign has revealed that according to the latest count, 55,533 plastic bottles have been removed from the River Thames since 2016;
- Florence Eshalomi AM is the London Assembly Member for Lambeth and Southwark.