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Flash 'Flask' Mob gathers in Bristol

Refill Bristol is a city-wide campaign that is promoting drinking water Credit: ITV News

A flash mob has gathered on the Harbourside in Bristol to try and get people to drink more tap water rather than bottled water.

It was organised by 'Refill Bristol' which is a city-wide campaign to promote drinking water, supplied from local reservoirs and provided free by local businesses, cafes, bars and restaurants direct from the tap.

The campaign has come about as part of Bristol's City To Sea initiative which has brought together local environmental experts, marine campaigners and the public who are keen for Bristol as European Green Capital to take action on the marine litter problem, which is receiving increasing coverage nationally and internationally.

We're fortunate to have high quality tap water here in Bristol and we hope Refill Bristol will help Bristolians fall back in love with it - by popping into one of Bristol's excellent cafes and bars and staying hydrated for free!

It's a win-win, saving consumers money whilst helping reduce the amount of plastic bottles we see all over our local riverbanks!

– Natalie Fee, founder of City to Sea

Swindon Council to return £10,000 plant order due to hosepipe ban

Thames Water announced a hosepipe ban in areas of the South West Credit: ITV West

Swindon Borough Council has said it plans to return a £10,000 order of flowers and plants following the hosepipe ban.

The authority says its spring planting scheme is unlikely to go ahead because it will be unable to maintain the plants without water.


Coate water splash park opening on hold following hosepipe ban

The council's had to stop its plans to plant hundreds of trees and bedding plants. Credit: ITV West

Richard Fisher, head of Swindon Borough Council's StreetSmart department says the town's parks and flower beds cannot be watered. The council will also have to postpone the opening of its new splash park at Coate Water country park.

The pool is just about to be finished but the hosepipe ban stops it being filled.


Farmers are exempt from the ban for agricultural use

The maximum fine for using a hosepipe is £1000. The last time Thames Water had a hosepipe ban was in 2006. They prosecuted just one person that year. If the dry weather continues, Thames Water will apply for a drought order. That could be in place by early July and would mean commercial water users like window cleaners and car washes have to stop work.

– Robert Murphy, Wiltshire Correspondent

Water companies leak 'over 3.3 billion litres a day'

Water companies across England and Wales leaked more than 3.3 billion litres of water a day in 2010/11, according to Ofwat, the economic regulator of the water and sewerage industry.

The Environment Agency has urged companies to do more to tackle leakage rates.

Anglican and Southern were among the companies to fail to meet their water leakage targets last year.

They are not obscene, they are high, partly a consequence of very old pipes, 20% of London's water pipes are over 150 years old.

With this ban we would expect to see up to 150 million litres of water a day saved.

To get the same saving from replacing leaky pipes would cost £1.2 billion and take 10 years so we have to be practical about this

– Richard Aylard, Thames Water Sustainability Director
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