Water fountain to be installed on Salisbury's Market Square

Water fountain to be installed on Salisbury's Market Square

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 5:41am 26th September 2018. (Updated at 7:44am 26th September 2018)

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The City Council's given its backing to a charity's scheme that aims to bring in public, and free, water bottle refill points.

The Species Recovery Trust put forward plans to have a fountain installed in the Market Square, and asked Salisbury City Council for support.

They've agreed unanimously to fund the first of them - with it hopefully ready for use by next summer.

Dominic Price is the Director of the charity and says they want to give us a more environmentally friendly option - that's available to all:

"Tap water's probably safer than some bottled water. There's been recent research that some bottled water actually contains plastics from the bottle themselves. The water (in the fountain) comes out of the ground at a perfect temperature, it literally goes straight into the mains. They're really good designs now, so there's drinking fountains at different heights (for adults and children), there's even one with a dog bowl at the bottom and there's a tap at the top to fill bottles."

Dominic's daughter Rosie Price spoke at the Council meeting at Salisbury's Guildhall to help persuade the councillors to support the campaign.

Salisbury Water Fountain Campaign City Council Meeting September 2018
Rosie Price spoke at the Salisbury City Council meeting alongside her dad Dominic to help persuade councillors to back the idea

He hopes Salisbury will lead the way in the battle against plastics:

"I'm sure lots of people watched Blue Planet and saw the terrible images of plastics in the ocean, so I think it's something that people have really realised in recent years is becoming a real problem. To put it starkly, a single plastic bottle takes 450 years to break down, so what we're doing with these fountains is just give people a really environmentally friendly option."

The eventual hope is that there'll be five or six water fountains around the city centre for us to use for free.

The charity expects that the rest of the refill points will need to be funded through donations and public support.

Salisbury Water Fountain Campaign Logo
Rosie designed the logo for the campaign

Dominic tells us where he'd like to see the fountains installed:

"We could possibly have one in the Cathedral Close, one in the Maltings where the coaches arrive and then eventually people will know where they are, they can plan that into coming into the city. It's just really getting people to a) think about not using bottles and b) have a really easy alternative to using a bottle. They can have a drink and feel good about it at the same time."

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