The Water Bar & Refill Bristol

In 2016 we created our Bristol Water Bar, a pop-up bar that gives people free drinking water at events and festivals across our supply area.

The aim of the campaign is firstly to reduce plastic waste. If the world carries on with its current level of plastic usage it is expected that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the sea than fish. That simply cannot happen. We also aim to keep the population healthy and hydrated in the most economical way possible. Plastic bottles of water cost up to 1000 times more than tap water by still most people drink bottled water when out and about.

Last year we took the bar along to Pride Bristol, Redfest and the International Balloon Fiesta. It proved a huge success with over 4,000 litres of good old tap water drunk at the Balloon Fiesta alone. We estimate that we saved more than 10,000 plastic bottles going to landfill, a staggering number.

In November 2016 the water bar won Environmental Innovation of Year at the Bristol Post Environment Awards, something we are very proud of.

Throughout the campaign we have partnered with Refill Bristol. Refill Bristol was developed as a Bristol 2015 European Green Capital project by the City to Sea Community Interest Company, following on from the striking Bristol Whales sculptures in Millennium Square.

City to Sea and their partner organisations have signed up over 200 Bristol venues as Refill stations, from cafes and restaurants to opticians, dentists and doctors surgeries. This means that residents, workers and visitors to the city will be welcome to top up with tap water at all these participating venues.

To mark the beginning of this exciting partnership and to take part in the city’s free tap-water refill scheme, there is now an app with a map to find out where you can Refill at

Download it now and save it to your smartphone home screen for instant access on the go.