October 6th 2009
Bottled vs bubbler goes global
While Magnetic Islanders are still debating the merits of banning bottled water on the Rock, we can announce, with some fanfare, that the broken “drinking fountain” or “bubbler”, as Aussies used to call them, at the Nelly Bay Harbour terminal has been replaced and its liquid of life is now available for all. The move puts us slightly in advance of another, rather larger, community where the bottled water vs public bubbler debate - which has been raging in magnetictimes.com - is also beginning make a splash. That community is London, England.
In a report from the major British daily, The Guardian Newspaper, we learn that, “Thames Water, Britain's largest privatised water company, with 13.6 million customers, has had talks with the Greater London Authority and Transport for London to install water machines in the capital. In the first trial, Hydrachills will be installed at Hammersmith bus station and at the Tower Bridge museum. The machines can fill bottles of up to 500ml with chilled water for a 20p charge. All proceeds will be donated to Waste Watch, a charity working to change the way people use natural resources.” (read here)
Astonishingly, the NSW hamlet of Bundanoon – the world's first town to ban bottled water and install public-drinking-bubbler-water-stations instead – is noted in the Guardian article. A publicity coup of grand proportions.
The replacement of the Nelly Bay bubbler can apparently be credited to the Magnetic Island Residents and Ratepayers who, we hear, have been sloshing it to Queensland Transport for 12 months over the dry fountain.
As for the ban on the bots it seems our readers are still leaning towards the plastic. So, if you haven't voted on this bottler of an issue yet, go to the bot-tom of our front page, right side column and show us if you prefer to twist the handle or unscrew the bot-top.
Story and photo: George Hirst
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