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Fingal County Council installs water fountains to reduce plastic bottle waste

Fingal County Council is in the process of installing sustainable drinking water fountains to reduce plastic waste and provide high quality drinking water in public places.

Photo caption: Councillor Cian O’Callaghan, Councillor Daire Ni Laoi, Mayor of Fingal, Councillor Anthony Lavin and Councillor Jimmy Guerin at the unveiling of the drinking water fountain in Howth.

The first water fountain was installed in Howth by Fingal County Council’s Operations Department who have been working with Refill Ireland, an environmental project that aims to provide readily available water in public places. Another water fountain is due to be installed in Malahide Demesne this week.

Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Anthony Lavin was joined by Fingal County Councillors Cian O’Callaghan, Daire Ní Laoi and Jimmy Guerin.

Mayor Lavin said: “I am delighted to see the first water fountains installed in Howth and Malahide. Both are popular locations for cyclists, runners and walkers so this is a valuable amenity which benefits Fingal residents’ health as well as the environment.”

Director of Operations for Fingal County Council, David Storey said: “Single use plastic water bottles account for a large proportion of waste and the installation of drinking water fountains will help to prevent this. The fountains are easy to access and use and are an environmentally friendly health and well-being initiative.”

Chief Executive of Fingal County Council Paul Reid said: “Fingal County Council is committed to implementing solutions that reduce the amount of plastic waste in order to preserve our environment. This initiative is a simple and efficient way to provide high quality water while protecting our natural landscape and tackling the significant problems created by Climate Change. I’m delighted that we have partnered with Refill Ireland to install these fountains and hope to see more of them across the county.”

The water fountain in Howth can be found at the junction of Harbour Road and Abbey Road while the second fountain is to be installed in Malahide Demesne.

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