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London pilots water fountains

2000 borough market fountain

Water fountains are to be installed across London in a pilot designed to encourage people to carry refillable bottles, it is reported.

The move forms part of mayor Sadiq Khan’s £750,000 three-year plan to reduce plastic waste in the capital, which will be considered by the London Assembly’s budget committee on Thursday.

A total of 20 water fountains will be put in place during the summer. In addition, businesses in five areas of the capital will make tap water available to the public.

According to The Guardian, it will be rolled out to the rest of the city in the summer if successful.

The paper also reports that plastic cups, bottles and cutlery will no longer be available at City Hall.

Last year, London’s Borough Market banned single-use plastic packaging and introduced three water fountains, pictured.

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