Sydney Water provides a hit for cricket fans

Media release

10 January 2018

Sydney Water and the Sydney Cricket & Sports Ground Trust have formed a partnership with the installation of 12 new permanent water stations, where fans can obtain free water in an effort to encourage better health and a better environment.

The water stations proved a hit at the Sydney Ashes Test where spectators consumed almost 13,000 litres of water from the Sydney Water refill stations across the five days of the test, the equivalent of over 20,000 bottles of water (600 ml).

Sydney Water spokesperson, Jennifer Whittle said, 'The partnership with the SCG provided the opportunity to show spectators and visitors that Sydney’s tap water is some of the world’s best, and we are providing it at one of the world’s most iconic sporting arenas.'  

'Installation of the drinking water stations enabled spectators to fill up for free which was a cost saving for them and proved an added attraction for fans needing to rehydrate.

'In addition to avoiding those 20,000 plastic bottles going to waste, where they take up to 1,000 years to biodegrade, we estimate the process of manufacturing those bottles would have had a significant impact on the environment.

'By using the water station rather than purchasing bottled water, fans have saved the use of over 15,000 kilowatt hours of electricity, over 32,000 litres of water and over 3,000 litres of oil from the plastic bottle manufacturing process. In addition, a significant amount of fuel and carbon emissions have been saved by not having to transport these plastic bottles on multiple legs.

'Drinking water rather than sugary soft drinks also has a positive impact on the health of fans as there are around 21 teaspoons of sugar in every litre of soft drink.

'We’re delighted by the response of fans who also planned ahead to bring their own reusable bottles to the SCG and filled up at the water stations.
'Sydney Water is the Hydration Partner of the NSW Blues, Lendlease Breakers as well as the Sydney Sixers and Sydney Thunder men’s and women’s cricket teams. We’ve been keeping players and fans hydrated at matches across Sydney for the past two years.

'It made absolute sense that if the players can maximise their performance by drinking Sydney’s world class quality tap water then we should provide the same opportunity for fans.

'The water units are a permanent fixture so spectators at all future events held at the SCG will be able to fill up with Sydney’s water at no cost, providing better outcomes for the health of spectators, their hip pockets, as well as helping the environment', said Ms Whittle.