Buddies can re-hydrate with new Paisley town centre Top Up Tap

Work is underway to install a new water bottle refill station outside Paisley Town Hall and Abbey as part of efforts to reduce plastic waste.

Scottish Water confirmed a Top Up Tap is being put in place in Gauze Street at the moment which will help Buddies to stay hydrated on-the-go.

It will form part of a nationwide network of 70 taps and a key part of the company’s Your Water Your Life campaign, which encourages people to use the tap to benefit the planet, their health and their pocket.

Scottish Water said it cannot confirm an exact date when the tap will be switched on, but this will be done after samples are taken.

Councillor Stephen Burns lodged a motion last year asking the council to look at installing a Top Up Tap in all towns and villages across Renfrewshire.

And the Paisley Southwest representative said he was pleased to see his request turning into reality.

He said: “I am delighted to see one of the Scottish Water Top Up Taps installed in Gauze Street at Paisley Town Hall.

“This will allow people to top up their refillable water bottles, while cutting down on single-use plastic.

“Following the declaration of a climate emergency by Renfrewshire Council last year, it is important we do all we can to protect our environment. It would also promote the benefits of drinking water.”

Scottish Water is aiming to ensure there is a Top Up Tap in every local authority area in Scotland.

The 26 live taps all had to be temporarily switched off when the Covid-19 pandemic hit, but are now going live again after a programme of cleaning and inspection.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, convener of the council’s infrastructure, land and environment board, said the local authority hopes more of them can be installed across Renfrewshire in the future.

She said: “As we do all we can to tackle climate change, this new Top Up Tap will allow residents and visitors to fill up reusable water bottles and reduce the number of single-use water bottles, which can only be a good thing for our environment.

“We’ve registered our interest with Scottish Water in installing more of these across Renfrewshire and I’m looking forward to seeing how popular this first one is in Paisley once it is ready to use.”

A Scottish Water spokesman said: “We are delighted to be installing our latest Top Up Tap in the centre of Paisley, which will help people stay hydrated while they’re on-the-go and will benefit the environment.”

Daily Record – Paisley