Water companies in the UK to join forces with the Refill campaign

Water companies will join forces with the Refill campaign (which now has over 1600 refill stations across the UK) to create a national network of high street retailers, coffee shops, businesses and local authorities offering new refill stations for the public to top-up their water bottles for free in every major city and town in England by 2021.

The first stage in delivering the nationwide scheme is for water companies to work with Refill to develop local action plans by September 2018, while the next stage will be to put in place a network of community refill points and a national app to enable the public to find their nearest refill station. This will build on the Refill model of community organisers and the Refill app to ensure country-wide coverage by 2021. 

The first business to join the national drinking water scheme is Whitbread plc, which has pledged today to offer free drinking water for customers and passers-by in each of its 3000(!) Costa Coffee and Premier Inn locations from March 2018. More at Water UK.