Green Party Councillor for Howth-Malahide, David Healy, has welcomed the institution this week of the first public drinking water fountain by Fingal County Council.
The fountain at the top of the East Pier in Howth is one of two being installed this week, the other being in Malahide. A programme of drinking water fountains across the county is being developed.
The fountains have been installed as a result of a proposal by Councillor Healy responding to the plastic bottle litter which is found on local beaches. Cllr Healy commented: “Beach cleaning volunteers and Council staff in Sutton, Howth, Portmarnock, and Malahide consistently find that plastic bottles are a major part of the litter on beaches. We hope that providing drinking water will be a small contribution towards reducing this waste. Of course a national deposit and return system for plastic bottles is essential.”
The attractive design of the installation features two fountains, one for drinking directly and the other for filing reusable water bottles.
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