25,000 plastic bottles saved from landfill
In 2018, we went bigger than ever and visited 13 events, including festivals across our vast supply area such as Valley Fest, Backwell Festival and Forest Live. Check below for all the details.
Reducing plastic waste, one festival at a time...
In 2016, we created our pop-up Bristol Water Bar with City to Sea to give 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 1,000 times more than tap water: still most people drink bottled water when out and about.
In its first year, we took the bar to Bristol Pride, 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 the Environmental Innovation of Year Award at the Bristol Post Environment Awards, something we are very proud of. This year, it was awarded the Community Project of the Year and Outstanding Innovation Awards at the Water Industry Achievement Awards in Birmingham.
In 2017, we were on the road again, visiting five local events: Keynsham Music Festival, Upfest, Peaceful Portway and, for the second time, Bristol Pride and the International Balloon Fiesta.
The Water Bar in action!
Water Bar 2018 Tour Dates
|Varsity||Bristol||29th April||You missed it!|
|Foodies Festival||Bristol||11th - 13th May||You missed it!|
|Bierfest||Bristol||18th - 20th May||You missed it!|
|Festival of Nature||Bristol||9th - 10th June||You missed it!|
|Forest Live||Westonbirt Arboretum||14th - 17th June||You missed it!|
|DogFest||Bristol||23rd - 24th June||You missed it!|
|Keynsham Festival||Keynsham||30th June - 1st July||You missed it!|
|Blackwell Festival||Blackwell||7th - 8th July||You missed it!|
|Bristol Pride||Bristol||14th July||You missed it!|
|Bristol Harbour Festival||Bristol||20th - 22nd July||You missed it!|
|Upfest||Bristol||28th - 30th July||You missed it!|
|Valley Fest||Chew Valley||3rd - 5th August||You missed it!|
|Baloon Fiesta||Bristol||9th - 12th August||You missed it!|
And the award goes to...
Since the Water Bar first hit the festival circuit 2 years ago, it's been recognised for loads of awards, for it's contribution to raising awareness of water sustainability.
More in our community...
Together For Good
Every month, we are giving away £500 to a local project or charity within our supply area.
Spawn to be Wild
Our legendary schools programme to bring eels back to our waters has won several awards.
Our fountain in Millennium Sq saved 8,000 single-use plastic bottles from going to waste in one month!