South Dublin County Council need to be more ambitious in their plans to install public water fountains, a Fine Gael councillor has said. Clondalkin councillor, and Dublin Mid West General Election candidate, Emer Higgins said the council’s roll-out of just one fountain and only a handful more planned is very disappointing. “Public water fountains are an excellent way to reduce plastic waste, encouraging people to refill reusable water bottles for free. “In terms of our Climate Action Plan commitments and improving our public realm water fountains must be prioritised by the council. “So far only one public drinking water fountain located between County Hall, the Civic Theatre and the Library has been installed.

“The council has confirmed to me that there are plans to install seven more units in on-street locations in both Clondalkin and Rathcoole in September and October. “But we need to be far more ambitious, and we need to roll out public water fountains at a faster rate. “I am calling on the council to ramp up their provision of public water fountains,” she added. Cllr Higgins continued: “We have seen excellent examples of cities across Europe installing easily accessible public water fountains and there is no reason Dublin should be lagging behind in this respect.”

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