A NEW top-up tap in Helensburgh has been officially launched, allowing people to stay hydrated while on the go.

Located at the town’s waterfront, the Scottish Water tap is close to the leisure centre and available to those using the pier, cyclists, walkers, runners, and other visitors.

The project’s first tap was installed in 2018, with a total of 85 now serving communities across the country.

A further 25 are currently going through the planning application process.

Jackie Baillie MSP said: “Not only is this great for residents and visitors who will be able to access water easily while out and about, it is also good for the environment as it helps to cut down on single-use plastic bottles.

Helensburgh Advertiser: The tap is one of 85 which have been installed across the countryThe tap is one of 85 which have been installed across the country (Image: Scottish Water)

“I am grateful to Scottish Water for installing this and to the ongoing efforts of Plastic Free Helensburgh to encourage members of the community to become more aware of the environment.”

Scottish Water said the equivalent of 3.5million plastic water bottles have been saved through use of the taps so far.

It is also estimated that three out of four people in Scotland now carry a water bottle while on the move.

Sarah Davies, of Plastic Free Helensburgh, said: “As an organisation we are dedicated to reducing the amount of single use plastic in our town and from littering our countryside and beaches.

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“We encourage everyone to carry a reusable cup or bottle when out and about in Helensburgh and to make use of this fantastic new facility.

“The tap is also conveniently situated at the point where the community meets for regular beach cleans and while our dedicated volunteers will benefit from the tap to refill their own bottles, it will help significantly reduce the number of plastic bottles littering our beach and promenade.”