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A modern-day drinking fountain is in place and set for unveiling in Stornoway town centre, part of the drive to cut plastic waste.

The distinctive ‘top-up tap’ has been installed by Scottish Water for public use and is to be given its first public airing next Thursday (September 12th).

Sited on the pedestrian area outside An Lanntair, it’s been covered in blue plastic since its completion last month. Local councillors, An Lanntair staff and schoolchildren from Back will be invited to help pour the first bottles next week.

Scottish Water plans a total of 30 such taps for public use in towns and cities around Scotland. On Monday (September 2nd) Lerwick got the most northerly top-up tap and Stornoway’s will make a round dozen, after installations in other towns including Edinburgh, Inverness and Dumfries.

A Scottish Water spokesperson told “The whole aim of Scottish Water’s Your Water Your Life campaign is to highlight the vital role water plays in the lives of people across Scotland. The taps offer passers by the perfect pit stop to refill reusable water bottles.

“Filling up directly from the tap, rather than buying bottled water, is not only good for customers’ health, but comes with the added benefit of being good for their pocket and the environment. We are delighted to be launching one in Stornoway.”