Permanent drinking stations installed in Camden Area

Media release

20 February 2018

Seven permanent drinking water stations have been installed at recreational spaces across the Camden Local Government Area.

Council and Sydney Water have worked together to provide the stations at some of the area’s most frequented recreation spaces.

'Making fresh drinking water available at recreation locations is one way we can support the health and wellbeing of residents and reduce waste generated by disposable bottles,' said Mayor Lara Symkowiak.

'These stations will provide adults and children with a healthy alternative to sugary drinks. This is particularly important given the current high levels of overweight and obesity which can contribute to health problems such as Type 2 diabetes,' Cr Symkowiak said.

'The conveniently located water stations will allow residents to readily refill reusable water bottles or to drink from a bubbler,' she said.

The new water stations have been installed at:

  • Onslow Oval, Camden
  • John Peat Reserve, Camden
  • Harrington Park Lake, Harrington Park
  • Bicentennial Equestrian Park, Camden
  • Mount Annan Leisure Centre, Mount Annan
  • Birriwa Youth Space, Mount Annan.

Council is also purchasing an additional water refill station for Kirkham Park and a portable water refill station that will be available for special events.

Kelly Climo, Senior Advisor at Sydney Water said 'We are delighted to be partnering with Camden Council to provide their residents and our customers with high quality drinking water in convenient locations.

'We have some of the best drinking water in the world and it’s already filtered by Sydney Water.

'The availability of the water stations will help the family budgets of local residents by providing free water, rather than them purchasing bottled water.

'Using the water stations in preference to purchasing bottled water will also assist the environment. Sydney Water removes over one million plastic bottles from our waterways each year across our area of operations,' Ms Climo said.

The installation of the water stations has been funded by the Better Waste and Recycling Fund.