WEEKEND sport at Taree Recreation Grounds is thirsty work for the teams who rally to compete and run the length and breadth of the fields on Manning River Drive.
MidCoast Water and Greater Taree City Council have identified a need to provide our large sporting community with a source of free water that will assist people to chose to refill water bottles instead of purchasing bottled water.
Water refill stations have recently been installed near the rugby league and hockey grounds and according to council's senior leader of community wellbeing, Brett Currie, the "publicly available stations are a better alternative to bottled water for the community, both environmentally and financially."
The success of the stations has resulted in plans for more to be installed at Wingham Central Park, Omaru Park, Old Bar Park, Harrington Foreshore and near the beach area at Black Head/Hallidays.
"The stations support a healthy lifestyle by providing free water when people are out and about, experiencing what the area has to offer. The stations are easy to use and conveniently placed along areas like the Manning River Foreshore walk, close to the newly installed exercise equipment.
"The stations also aid in minimising waste by reducing the number of plastic bottles being disposed of at the landfill."
The bottle refill stations initiative is a joint partnership with council and MidCoast Water and has enabled three stations to be installed as part of the Manning River Foreshore redevelopment.
The refill stations are connected to MidCoast Water and the water flows from the Bootawa Water Treatment Plant. The treatment plant was named the best tasting water in NSW and Queensland by the Water Industry Operators Association last year and according to MidCoast Water "it makes sense for people to access good quality local water by refilling reusable drink bottles."