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Have a drink on us! Water fountain installed at Millennium Square opens


The installation of the fountain in Millennium Square

Bristol Water has been working with Bristol Green Capital Partnership, At Bristol and the Festival of Nature to install a free drinking water fountain in central Bristol, to be unveiled as part of the Festival of Nature opening weekend.

Bristol Water will be installing a water turbine to demonstrate not only how altering the water pressure in our pipes can generate electricity, but how it can also reduce leakage. This cutting edge technology has the eyes and ears of the global water industry firmly on Bristol. They have also commissioned a Bristol based Artist, Jody from Digital Fire, to produce some street art to accompany to fountain and highlight where water comes from.

Patric Bulmer - Bristol Water & Chris Sherrington - Eunomia from the BGCP Water Action Group

Patric Bulmer – Bristol Water & Chris Sherrington – Eunomia from the BGCP Water Action Group

Water that comes from UK taps is the most stringently tested in the world and undergoes daily rigorous inspection to check its quality – whilst bottle water only gets checked monthly at source. In Britain, about £1.5 billion is spent on bottled water every year and send the equivalent of about 15 million bottles to landfill each day. From a health and wellbeing, price, resources and environmental perspective, tap water is has many benefits. This water fountain will allow people of Bristol to fill up any bottle whenever they like.

Patric Bulmer, Bristol Water’s Environment Manager and the Chair of the Bristol Green Capital Partnership Water Action Group says, “The carbon cost of transporting the millions of water bottles that Bristol uses annually is staggering, let alone the fossil fuel consumption used to produce the bottles in the first place. Bristol has fantastic quality drinking water and we need to make it more convenient for people to get access to it when they are out and about, without having to pay the environmental price of bottled water.”


The new turbine installed

In front of the fountain will be a glass chamber that shows will off the turbine. The turbine is used to create small amounts of energy from the water supply network. This is ground breaking technology that is being tested in Bristol during Green Capital year. Our network uses around 80 Gigawatts hours per year, but this technology has the potential to reduce our energy usage by around 10%. The Dynamic District Meter Area Supply Project pioneered in Bristol is a collaboration between Bristol Water, Imperial College London and Cla-Val and is being showcased at the VentureFest on 9 June. This new approach alters the pressure in the mains during different demand periods which create a highly-responsive network. This approach spared 4000 homes from having their water cut of in September 2014 following a burst pipe in Kingswood.

The fountain and turbine will be part of the Festival of Nature’s launch on Friday 12 June and then available for public usage.

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