City taps into water project

VISITORS to Hobart’s waterfront are now able to fill up with free, fresh drinking water from public water stations as part of the Good Water Project joint initiative.

A total of 14 stations have been installed in and around Sullivans Cove, between Salamanca and Hunter Street, to encourage people to BYO bottles and refill rather than purchase single-use plastic bottles.

The $160,000 project has been jointly funded by the City of Hobart, Pennicott Foundation, Tasmanian Government and TasWater, with support from The20.

“This is a significant step towards the City of Hobart’s aim to achieve zero waste for Hobart landfill by 2030,” Hobart Lord Mayor Anna Reynolds said.

“It takes three litres of water and a cup of oil to produce one plastic water bottle.

“Most of these petrochemical products are then filled with treated water that has been found to have more impurities than Tasmanian water which originates from kunanyi/ Mt Wellington and Mt Field – and does not stack up on taste.

“If users don’t toss them away, polluting waterways and special places around the world, the empty bottles end up in landfill.

“In Tasmania, 43 per cent of litter is beverage containers. Far too few of them are recycled, yet even this is an expensive and dirty process.

“Australians buy about 15 billion plastic water bottles per year. It feels normal. Yet we did not begin doing it until the 1990s.”

Mayor Reynolds said the project was inspired by a discussion with Pennicott Wilderness Journeys managing director Robert Pennicott about working together on zero waste initiatives.

“I feel strongly about addressing the negative impacts of plastics in oceans,” Mr Pennicott said, “and our natural water can be drunk directly from its source, unlike many other places in the world.”

Premier and Tourism Minister Jeremy Rockliff said this would strengthen Tasmania’s environmental credentials, and enhance our clean Tasmanian brand.

“Tasmania is already seen as a destination of choice for environmentally-conscious travellers,” he said.

“There is no doubt Tasmania has what the world wants, and we will continue doing all we can to look at innovative ways we can attract even more tourists here, so that jobs and our economy can benefit.

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