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New Scottish Water tap now available for water on the go in Inverness


By Imogen James


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City councillors Isabelle MacKenzie, Alex Graham, Bet McAllister and Trish Robertson helped to officially launch the Highland Capital’s new Top up Tap this week ahead of the summer.
City councillors Isabelle MacKenzie, Alex Graham, Bet McAllister and Trish Robertson helped to officially launch the Highland Capital’s new Top up Tap this week ahead of the summer.

SCOTTISH Water have installed a new top up tap on the banks of the River Ness so people can grab a drink on the go.

The tap is located at the start of Ness Walk near Inverness Cathedral, adding to the existing tap on the High Street.

The location was put forward by the council to support the development of the city’s active travel network.

The free water refill points hope to encourage the public to enjoy Scotland's tap water and reduce plastic waste from single-use drinks containers.

City councillors Alex Graham, Isabelle MacKenzie, Bet McAllister and Trish Robertson helped to officially launch the Ness Walk Top up Tap.

Scottish Water corporate affairs manager for the north, Gavin Steel, said: “We are delighted to launch our second Top Up Tap for the Highland Capital at this spectacular location by the River Ness, helping more people in the city to stay hydrated while on the go.

“The river is a huge asset to Inverness, providing a green corridor through the city for active travel, exercise and enjoyment. This location is also a gateway for visitors arriving from the nearby coach drop-off point, as well as being ideal for the cathedral, Eden Court Theatre, the Highland Food and Drink Trail, the Northern Meeting Park, Bught Park and beyond.

“More and more people are carrying reusable bottles with them when they are out and about. We are proud that our growing network of taps across Scotland provides a great way for people to stay topped up with clear, fresh and great-tasting water, as well as helping to reduce plastic waste.”

Culloden and Ardersier councillor Trish Robertson added: “This is a great addition to the city, together with the existing tap in the High Street. The tap on Ness Walk particularly enhances one of our best used and most attractive active travel routes, enabling people to stay hydrated when walking, wheeling or cycling alongside our beautiful river – linking the attractions of the city centre with a wealth of green spaces.

“Carrying a refillable water bottle so that you can top up from the tap is good for you and good for your pocket. By reducing our reliance on single use plastic and the potential for litter, it’s also a great way to help the environment - both here in the Highlands and globally.”


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