Push for water stations

Water refill stations could be coming to Rockingham.
Water refill stations could be coming to Rockingham.

Councillor Joy Stewart presented a motion in June for the City chief executive to investigate the installation of water refill stations within the City to provide a network of dispensers.

The motion was supported, but a recommendation returned to council suggested the council not support the installation of the stations.

At Tuesday night�s council meeting, Cr Stewart again pushed for the installation of the stations and gained unanimous support for the City to investigate the stations, provided they were cost-neutral or cost-positive, and the placement of the units was in line with normal park design considerations.

The refill stations would provide water at a small cost to those who wanted to refill water bottles at them � about 25c for a 400ml refill, 40c for 600ml and 50c for one litre.

The stations could be sourced from a number of suppliers who would install and maintain them, and would be built to withstand extreme temperatures and resist vandalism.

�There are 33 bubblers throughout the City and last year 26 of them needed repair last year at a cost of $250 a repair, where these are stylish, modern and sustainable units with dedicated crews who will check on them weekly,� Cr Stewart said.

�It�s a win/win situation.�

The proposal will be further investigated before returning to the council at a later date.