Sugary drinks to be phased out in ACT Schools

February 21, 2013

aquafil water refill stations are now been installed in public schools across ACT.

Hawker College, Alfred Deakin High School, Campbell High School, Namadgi School and Ngunnawal Primary School students will all receive re-useable water bottles in an effort to encourage them to use the aquafil water refill stations to fill up in a joint initiative by the ACT Education and Training and Health Directorates.

ACT Government Press Release …

August 27, 2012
ACT News

Soft drinks, fruit juice and flavoured milk will be phased out of ACT primary  schools within five years if they ACT Government is re-elected in October.

Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has announced a $500,000 fund to install water  bottle refill stations and supply reusable bottles to government and  non-government primary schools, high schools and colleges.

Schools that apply for one of the machines will have to agree to phase out  the sale of sugary drinks from canteens and vending machines.

Ms Gallagher said the aim was to tackle rising obesity rates among children  by phasing out the sale of all sugary drinks in Canberra primary schools by  2017.

“We already know that in the last four years we’ve seen increases in  childhood obesity rates and in children who are overweight,” she said.

“One of the causes of that, without any doubt, is access to sugary drinks and  consumption of sugary drinks.

“We need to make water the drink of choice again for children.”

Read more from Canberra Times…

aquafil Water Refill Stations and Drinking Fountains

Water is essential for healthy living and is crucial for sporting, mental and academic performances. Tap water represents value for money as it’s cheaper for the community than buying bottled water or other soft drinks.

The aquafil range of Water Bottle Refill Stations and Drinking Fountains serve as a dynamic educational tool in the fight to reduce plastic waste and conserve precious resources. Full colour graphics are available on most of the aquafil range and are a valuable educational tool in helping promote a sustainable way of living and encouraging a healthy lifestyle.

Water filling station in Milton, Shoalhaven

February 17, 2013
Ulladula Info

The water filling station is located on the eastern side of the Princes Highway near the pedestrian crossing.

This is the first of its kind to be installed in the Shoalhaven.

It incorporates both a water drinking fountain or ( “bubbler”), and access points to fill re-usable bottles. The filling stations are a much cheaper and environmentally responsible option for free drinking water to the public.

The installation of water filling stations particularly in popular community areas is a great opportunity to promote the benefits of drinking tap water.

Shoalhaven’s tap water is clean, natural and healthy and we want to be able to contribute to a city that is committed to reducing its carbon footprint.

Read more from Ulladulla.info…

aquafil Water Refill Stations and Drinking Fountains

Water is essential for healthy living and is crucial for sporting, mental and academic performances. Tap water represents value for money as it’s cheaper for the community than buying bottled water or other soft drinks.

The aquafil range of Water Bottle Refill Stations and Drinking Fountains serve as a dynamic educational tool in the fight to reduce plastic waste and conserve precious resources. Full colour graphics are available on most of the aquafil range and are a valuable educational tool in helping promote a sustainable way of living and encouraging a healthy lifestyle.

Tap water sold as bottled water gets 180,000 per cent mark-up

February 14, 2013

Why buy bottled water when you can reduce plastic waste and refill your reusable bottle at one of the many aquafil water bottle refill stations that are being installed around Australia?

According to this Sunday Telegraph article, many manufacturers of bottled water admit to filling their bottles from the Sydney Water mains.

August 26,2012
Laura Speranza
The Sunday Telegraph

TAKE a closer look at your bottle of “pure” water: it’s probably sourced from the tap. Millions of unsuspecting customers are buying filtered tap water and boiled rainwater at massive mark-ups of more than 180,000 per cent.

Several manufacturers admit they fill their bottles from the Sydney Water mains after applying filtration and purification procedures – but they insist customers know their water is not sourced from a mineral spring, and are happy to pay for the convenience of having it in a plastic bottle.

The major brands that describe themselves as “spring” or “mineral” water are genuine natural spring water, including Mount Franklin, Fiji Water, Pump and the Coles and Woolworths homebrands.

But supermarket and convenience stores stock brands that describe themselves as “purified” or “organic” and are in fact the same water available in every home for less than one cent a litre.

Filtered tap water – brands such as Aqua Pura, Mizone, Noble’s Pureau, Nature’s Best Organic, Active Organic and Refresh – are sold in Coles, Woolworths, Franklins and IGA as well as petrol stations and convenience stores.

Read more from news.com.au…

aquafil Water Refill Stations and Drinking Fountains

Water is essential for healthy living and is crucial for sporting, mental and academic performances. Tap water represents value for money as it’s cheaper for the community than buying bottled water or other soft drinks.

The aquafil range of Water Bottle Refill Stations and Drinking Fountains serve as a dynamic educational tool in the fight to reduce plastic waste and conserve precious resources. Full colour graphics are available on most of the aquafil range and are a valuable educational tool in helping promote a sustainable way of living and encouraging a healthy lifestyle.

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