New water fountain installed on Salisbury's Market Square

Salisbury Water Fountain Market Square April 2019

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 5:47am 17th April 2019. (Updated at 4:28pm 17th April 2019)

The fountain and bottle refill point will be available to use from today (Wednesday April 17th).

The outlet will be available to all and has been put in following a campaign led by 10 year old Rosie Price.

The Salisbury Cathedral School girl spoke at a City Council meeting to appeal for the fountain to go in.

Salisbury Water Fountain Campaign City Council Meeting September 2018
Rosie, with her Dad Dominic, speaking at a Salisbury City Council meeting earlier this year

After unanimously backing the idea, they've been working with Wessex Water to get the fountain installed.

It's now in place on the Market Square, and will be switched on today (April 17th).

That follows testing to ensure the water's safe to drink.

Salisbury Water Fountain Campaign Logo
Rosie's self-designed logo for the Water Fountain campaign in Salisbury

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Rosie's dad Dominic Price has been helping with the campaign, in his role as Director of the Species Recovery Trust charity.

He's told Spire FM why it's such an important idea:

OTHER LOCATIONS FOR WATER FOUNTAINS IN SALISBURY?

It's hoped the Market Square water point will be the first of many for the city.

Campaigners have identified places like the High Street, Old George Mall, the Cathedral Close and the train station as potential areas where further fountains could go in.

Salisbury City Council say they've backed the campaign 'in a bid to help the city be more environmentally friendly'.

Wessex Water have also committed funding for another three points around the city in the coming years.

In a statement, the local water supplier said:

"Wessex Water is pleased to support the first Salisbury water fountain by installing the unit in the Market Square. We are working with Salisbury City Council to provide and install further units around the city, benefitting the local community, and encouraging the public to drink tap water and reduce their reliance on single-use plastic."

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