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Story / Water & Wastewater 20 Jan 2017

Sydney Water, NSW Health and Liverpool Council install permanent drinking unit

Sydney Water, NSW Health and Liverpool Council have partnered to deliver a new permanent water station in Liverpool as part of the Kelso Skate Park upgrade in an effort to encourage better health and a better environment.

Liverpool Mayor Wendy Waller said “having water stations in the local area provides a number of benefits to residents.

“With easy access to high quality Sydney tap water, we are providing adults and children with a healthy alternative to sugary drinks. This is particularly important given the current high levels of obesity which can contribute to health problems such as Type 2 diabetes.

“The conveniently located water station will allow residents to readily refill reusable water bottles or to drink from a bubbler.

“The water station will also reduce the environmental impact of drinking bottled water by reducing litter and the amount of plastic bottles going to landfill”, said Mayor Waller.

Kylie Yeend at Sydney Water said “we are delighted to be partnering with Liverpool Council and NSW Health to provide their residents and our customers with the highest quality drinking water in a convenient location.

“The availability of the water unit adjacent to the skate park, children’s playground, soccer field and walking track will help the family budget of local residents by providing free water, rather than them purchasing bottled water”, said Ms Yeend.

NSW Health hopes the water station will encourage residents to ‘make water your drink’ as part of the Make Healthy Normal campaign for better life outcomes.

 

For more information:

about Sydney Water visit oursydneyourwater.com.au

about Kelso Park visit www.liverpool.nsw.gov.au

about the Make Healthy Normal campaign visit makehealthynormal.nsw.gov.au.

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Background Information.

Plastic Bottled Water

  • It can take 250ml of oil and three litres of water to produce one litre of bottled water

  • A plastic water bottle takes about 1,000 years to break down

  • Only 35 percent of plastic bottles get recycled with the majority ending up in landfill

  • When littered, plastic bottles often end up in the sea, killing marine life that mistakes it for food

  • For every ton of plastic produced, three tons of carbon dioxide is released

 

Health & Wellbeing

  • In 2014, Australians drank on average nearly one (0.88) sugar sweetened beverage a day

  • Drinking one 600ml regular soft drink every day will see you consume 23kg of sugar in a year

  • One 375ml can of soft drink per day could lead to a 6.5kg yearly weight gain

  • There are 10 teaspoons of sugar in one 375ml can of regular soft drink

  • In 2012, Australians bought 1.28 billion litres of sugar sweetened beverages

  • In 2015, 52% of adults and 22% of children in NSW were overweight or obese

 

Cost

  • As of July 2016, 5 litres of Sydney tap water costs less than 1 cent

  • Bottled water ranges from 1,500-2,000 times more expensive than tap water