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The Water Bar

Festivals are good fun but they create a lot of plastic waste. So we're doing something about it. Learn more below...

Each minute, the equivalent of a rubbish truck load of plastic is dumped into the ocean.

What we've achieved so far...

  • The first water bar in the country
  • We've prevented 7 miles of plastic bottles going to landfill
  • As of 2019, we've saved 59,035 bottles

What is it?

We're serious about plastic waste. We started to notice the issue and back in 2015, decided we wanted to make a big change and help the local people be part of it. The Water Bar was born soon after and began its first tour around Bristol the next summer. Fuelled by a load of volunteers big ideas and a whole lot of passion, the Water Bar has attended festivals and local causes ever since. The idea? It's simple, we bring the water, you bring the bottles - keep refilling all day without a plastic container in sight.

Why we do it?

The Water Bar has become not just an opportunity to reduce our plastic use and help the planet, but it's a chance for us to get out into different areas of the South West and meet the people we serve every day. There's nothing our lot love more than a natter and it gives us a chance to have a chat with you face-to-face. We like to put a face to the name and show our initiatives off to the world, and what better place to do that than over a cold pint (of water)?

Public value commitments

Education on the value of water and link to wider sustainability issues

Mentoring and employment for less privileged young people

Reduced public consumption of resources through partnership

Research and innovation related to water use and societal wellbeing

Protecting & enhancing our natural environment

Additional support to customers most in need

Reduced consumption of single use plastic

Improved physical and mental wellbeing

Shaping policy and regional strategy in relation to water use

Reducing the social and environmental impact of our roadworks

Our partner for the water bar