Arundel turns tap off on bottled water

ARUNDEL’S new drinking fountain and water campaign start on Saturday (March 31) at 11am.

It sees the launch of the town’s new drinking fountain and water campaign in an event on the town quay with water tastings, a video, exhibitions and music.

Arundel Agenda 21, the community group which has had the fountain installed for the people of Arundel and its visitors, has also designed a new, unique collapsible water bag which will be on sale for people to fill and reuse for drinking water, folding up small when empty.

Arundel’s mayor, Wendy Eve will launch the fountain, announced by Arundel’s renowned town crier, Angela Standing. Special guest Huw Kingston from Bundanoon, Australia, the first town in the world to declare itself ‘bottled water free’, will tell the tale of ‘Bundy on Tap’.

Rita Godfrey, Arundel Agenda 21 member organising the project, said: “We are so pleased to be able to reveal our new drinking fountain and water bags. Plastic water bottles cause such waste and wildlife problems and are a rip-off. More people are now turning back to tap water and we want to make healthy tap water freely available to everyone visiting our town.”

The project has been supported by SEEDA, West Sussex County Council, Arundel Town Council and Southern Water. The fountain will be formally adopted by the Town Council and Arundel Water Bags will available at retailers throughout the town.

The new drinking fountain is located close to the bus stop on the town quay.