By Pete Whyatt
A City of Westminster councillor has proposed a network of water fountains throughout the West End to provide free drinking water to the public. The initiative would cut down on the transportation of bottled water into central London and reduce the amount of litter created from discarded plastic water bottles.
Councillor Jonathan Glanz wants to see the restoration of the many beautiful but disused existing water fountains, and the introduction of new fountains from which people could fill their own water bottles. This would be a greener alternative to bottled water and make “the West End a more welcoming place for the millions of visitors expected for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, World Pride, and the Olympics and Paralympics in 2012, and produce a lasting effect for the future”, said the West End ward councillor.
Jonathan Glanz told Fitzrovia News: “I have received the support of local residents and businesses and I am hoping the new fountains could be paid for by developers and the older fountains restored with help from the Drinking Water Fountains Foundation with support from the West End Ward Budget.
“Such fountains would provide a healthy alternative to other forms of drink. This would also reduce packaging, deliveries, collection of waste and landfill space. They would serve young and old, residents and visitors alike. They could also provide a much needed opportunity to hydrate those affected by excessive alcohol consumption,” said Jonathan.