Drinking Fountains

MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Question By: 
Murad Qureshi
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Why should Londoners pay for water from public drinking fountains when we have never had to before?


Answer for Drinking Fountains

Answer for Drinking Fountains

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I strongly support efforts to promote better access to tap water for Londoners. To achieve that I have kick-started a number of initiatives.

We have recently refurbished the drinking water fountain in Trafalgar Square which will soon provide free drinking water.

We are also actively promoting drinking-water fountains that will provide free water through our existing initiatives including The Mayor's 'Helping a London Park' and 'Great Spaces' schemes.

To enable London to have free access to tap water when they are out and about we have already successfully launched, with Thames Water, the winning carafe design as part of LondononTap campaign and look forward to its rollout across the hospitality sector in London.

As part of the LondononTap campaign a HydraChill pilot has also been provided to Transport for London for installation at Hammersmith bus station. I support the LondonOnTap campaign and any new and exciting initiatives like HydraChill which aim to provide a 21st Century solution.

During the pilot there will be a 20 pence charge for water to prevent misuse and waste of water with all the proceeds going to charity.