New water stations to pop up at community events
12 September 2019
Thirsty walkers attending Hīkoi Whakangahau in Cornwall Park today (12th September) were able to get free fill ups at our new mobile water station.
The one-and-a-half metre tall blue water station was set up near the entrance to the Stardome Observatory and Planetarium, Epsom. Hīkoia te Kōrero - Walk the Talk featured a walk around Maungakiekie (One Tree Hill) as a celebration of the maunga, as part of a series of events organised by Auckland Council for Māori Language Week. The water station was connected to Watercare’s mains water supply and hundreds of visitors, including schools students, topped up.
Watercare communications manager Rachel Hughes says the free water initiative is all about giving back to the community. “Auckland gets pretty hot over summer and this is a great way we can provide free A-a grade (top quality) drinking water at some events. This will save people money and provide a healthy, free and sustainable option for visitors.”
The mobile water stations will be appearing at free cultural events or festivals only. Details will be posted on our company website.
The initiative will also reduce landfill waste and save energy as it will avoid unnecessary purchases of plastic bottles of water.
So, this summer when you head to a free festival, bring along a reusable drink bottle and top up at our free water stations to stay hydrated.