New water fountain unveiled at festival

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Bristol Water unveiled a new water fountain in Millennium Square at this year’s Festival of Nature as well as installing a new underground water turbine.

The fountain will be in place for six months and aims to reduce our dependence on bottled water, whilst the installation of the water turbine will demonstrate not only how altering the water pressure in our pipes can generate electricity, but how it can also reduce leakage.

Patric Bulmer, environment manager at Bristol Water says:

“We’re installing the water fountain as part of our efforts to show that bottled isn’t always best! In the UK we spend £1.5 million on bottled water every year and we send around 15 million plastic bottles to landfill every day. However tap water in the UK is of extremely high quality and undergoes a daily rigorous test, whilst bottled water only gets tested once a month at source. We want to make tap water more accessible and so the free water fountain will mean that anyone in the centre of Bristol can now fill up their water bottles whenever they want.

“We’re also installing a water turbine to demonstrate not only how altering the water pressure in our pipes can generate electricity, but how it can also reduce leakage. This cutting edge technology has the eyes and ears of the global water industry firmly on Bristol.”

For more information visit www.bristolwater.co.uk