New water dispenser aims to help cut plastic bottle use

A NEW water dispenser has been installed at Pier Park in Urangan to encourage people to stop using and buying plastic bottles that end up as pollution or in landfill.

The council is supporting the initiative by ProAcqua Australia which will pay the council a percentage of its sales.

Cr O' Connell said the council would get 6% commission from the gross income, which would be used to offset the water and power bill of the machine.

ProAcqua Australia co-owner Carlo Raschi said as an introduction, residents would be able to refill their bottles for free for the rest of the week.

He said to keep using the machine, residents can buy a smart card at selected shops in the Bay for $10 - $5 for the card and $5 of credit.

The cost of half a litre of water will be 25 cents, 40c for one litre and 50c for 1.5l.

Councillor for community health Robert Garland said the water machine was effectively a high-tech version of a drinking fountain.

"It provides a real alternative to buying bottled water," he said.

"Customers can refill their re-useable water bottles with still or sparkling water for a fraction of the cost of bottled water.

ProAqua operations manager Joe Fontana said ProAqua machines had been installed in a number of areas across the country and the response had been fantastic.

"It's very exciting and something we're very proud of," he said. 

Cr Garland said there were plans to install a second machine on the Scarness foreshore in the New Year.

"We have signed on for a two-year trial period and I expect them to be very popular," he said.

ProAqua operations manager Joe Fontana pours a cool drink from the new ProAqua water machine in Urangan for Ryan, 7, and Ellie Alder, 11, who are visiting from Gympie.
ProAqua operations manager Joe Fontana pours a cool drink from the new ProAqua water machine in Urangan for Ryan, 7, and Ellie Alder, 11, who are visiting from Gympie. Contributed

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