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Quit the obsession with bottled water

By Morgan Dyer

Greater Shepparton residents are being urged to stop buying bottled water and kick start a new healthy habit of drinking tap water.

Environmental group Keep Australia Beautiful are calling on Australians to make a conscious effort to refill a drink bottle with water before leaving the house, in a bid to reduce the number of plastic bottles that end up in landfill.

The simple task is one of the many environmental strategies people can adopt during Keep Australia Beautiful week which runs from the August 19 to August 25.

Goulburn Valley Environment Group president John Pettigrew said plastic is a big problem in the area and reducing the number of outlets that sell plastic bottles would help reduce the problem. “There is certainly nothing wrong with Goulburn Valley water,” Mr Pettigrew said.

“I think given more top up points combined with publicity and an education process, we could reduce our plastic consumption.

“We could do much better."In a recent survey conducted by the Choose Tap Coalition, half of respondents said that their single use plastic bottled water purchase was motivated by the desire for convenience.

Every year Australians spend more than $736 million on bottled water and almost 375 million plastic bottles impact the environment with one in two marine turtles having eaten plastic.

Goulburn Valley Water have installed six hydration stations across the Greater Shepparton Region as part of their Choose Tap program.

GV Water in partnership with local councils and organisations are committing to providing free water through further installation of hydration stations as part of their 2018-23 Price Plan.

Goulburn Valley Water's Hydration Station project manager Karen Ranson said there were simple things people could do to help reduce their reliance on plastic drink bottles.

"Our Choose Tap program encourages everyone to refill a reusable bottle with water from the tap - we have some great-tasting tap water in the Goulburn Valley, and it's much cheaper and better for the environment," Ms Ranson said.

"If everyone makes a conscious decision to refill their water bottle instead of buying a single-use plastic bottle of water, it can make a difference, every bottle counts." 

GV Water said the Choose Tap education program also helps raise awareness of the importance of choosing tap water to school students across the region.

Hydration Stations can be found in the following locations across the Greater Shepparton region.

- 174 Welsford St (near the Shepparton Water Treatment Plant)

- 104-110 Fryers St (out the front of the Goulburn Valley Water office)

- Shepparton Sports Precinct - at both the netball courts and soccer fields

- AF Larsen Reserve, Tallygaroopna (11 Fowler St)- Colaura Gardens, Wren St Toolamba

- Mary St, Dookie

For more information or to apply for a hydration station visit www.gvwater.vic.gov.au

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