The Labour-controlled Penarth Town Council’s new Innovation Committee is tonight due to consider a recommendation that council-tax payers’ money should be used to pay for the production of “Penarth Town Council” branded water-bottles.
The branded Penarth Council bottles would be made of glass – as opposed to plastic – and would be re-fillable.
Local retailers would be encouraged to “indicate their willingness to provide free tap-water [to re-fill the bottles] through the display of a window-sticker alongside their participation in other Penarth Town Council schemes such as “Shop in Penarth2 and Penarth in Bloom” .
The report concedes however that the profit on selling commercial bottled water is an important source of income for many retailers
Penarth Councillors are also to consider the viability of re-introducing a public water fountain the town centre.
The initiative has come from Penarth resident Sarah Tanburn who is taking part in a Round Britain sailing mission to “raise awareness” of the threats to the marine environment posed by discarded plastic bottles and other plastic waste.
She proposes that 500 re-usable re-fillable water bottles bearing the Penarth Town Council brand should be produced at a cost of £5,175 (including design,advertising and distribution) and sold to retail customers at a total retail value of £5,000.
The water fountain – she estimates – would cost another £2,000. Ms Tanburn’s report to the council admits that “Drinking fountains are unhygienic ” but points out that they “have served the UK well for 150 years” and all that needed is to allow the water to “run a short while” before refilling a bottle.
One proposal before Penarth Council is for “Welsh Water” [a.k.a. Dwr Cymru] to install the proposed Town Centre fountain free of charge – a proposal which has yet to be responded to by Welsh Water. [Welsh Water is subsidiary of the so-called”not for profit” utility company Glas Cymru which is said to pay its directors far in excess of what its Scottish equivalent (Scottish Water) pays its executives and which is also said to inflict higher charges on its customers in Wales than does Scottish Water . An investigation of Glas Cymru called “The Great Welsh Water Robbery ” has been published by Rebecca Television and can be read on http://tinyurl.com/knzjjat]
One Penarth Marina resident was less than enthusiastic about the proposed Penarth Council glass bottles
She said – and said it would be far more realistic if Penarth Council instead banned the use of plastic water bottles by competitors in the Cardiff Half Marathon – hundreds of which end up at the roadside every year thrown away by runners.