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Jump on the Logan water wagon to help reduce waste

Published: 31 January 2019

Jump on the Logan water wagon to help reduce waste
Councillor Phil Pidgeon refills his water bottle with the help of Logan City Council water staff Carmen Roberts and Nicola Currie.

Logan residents can now “chill out” and “Choose Tap” at selected events across the city in 2019.

And they will also be helping reduce the environmental impact of single-use plastic bottles.

Logan City Council has joined the "Choose Tap" movement, which encourages thirsty attendees at community events to refill drink bottles with chilled tap water.

The new Logan 'water wagon' will offer free drinking water at events including Council's monthly Eats and Beats pop-up food truck and music festival.

City Roads and Water Committee Chairman, Councillor Phil Pidgeon, said many people were now embracing reusable water bottles as the norm, rather than the exception.

"That's why Council is excited to get involved by making it easier for the community to drink free chilled water," he said.

"The water wagon has five water dispensers on each side so it will be quick and easy to fill your bottle and go back to enjoying all the event fun in no time."

But Cr Pidgeon said residents could easily adopt the "Choose Tap" mantra at home as well.

"Tap water is good for your health, the environment and your budget," he said.

"Consuming 1,000 litres of water from your tap costs just under $4 – if you bought the same amount in single-use bottles from the supermarket, the price skyrockets to more than $900, and you are also using an incredible amount of plastic that could be avoided by simply choosing tap.

"Council constantly monitors the quality of your drinking water to ensure it exceeds the requirements of the world-leading Australian Drinking Water Guidelines."

Residents will first see the water wagon at Eats and Beats at Logan Village on Friday, February 22.

Cr Pidgeon said attendees should bring their own water bottles to the event if they wanted to use the water wagon and help the environment by reducing the use of single-use plastic bottles.

"Together we can change our habits to create a better world for future generations," he said.