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Free water refill points to be introduced across Scotland

Free water refill points are to be introduced in 30 Scottish towns and cities over the next two years to encourage people to top up refillable bottles.

Scottish Water, which is leading the project, says it aims to have the first ten taps installed by the end of March 2019, with the first going outside the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh next month.

The other areas being considered include Aberdeen, Ayr, Dumfries, Dunfermline, Fort William, Glasgow, Inverness, Milngavie and Oban.

Each tap will be able to digitally track water usage, and will provide information which can be translated into cost and plastic savings and the volume of water used.

In the meantime, Tapwater.org lists places, such as shops and businesses, where you can already refill your bottle for free.

See MSE Kelvin's blog: 13 ways to use less plastic AND save cash for more environmental MoneySaving tips.

What does Scottish Water say?

Scottish Water chief executive Douglas Millican said: "The creation of a new network of public Top up Taps across the country as part of our Your Water, Your Life campaign is a significant boost in encouraging more people to choose to drink tap water in their daily lives.

"Our research shows that people feel very positively towards the quality of Scotland's tap water – now these state-of-the-art taps can provide access to enable water drinkers to enjoy it while on the go by carrying and using refillable bottles."