Seven miles of plastic bottles...

This is the amount of plastic the Bristol Water Bar has prevented from local festivals and events since 2014.

Reducing plastic waste, one festival at a time...

By 2050, experts believe there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish...

The Bristol Water Bar is a free to use, pop-up bar featuring the healthiest drink there's ever been on draft: tap water. Every summer, we take the Water Bar out on the roads in a mission to fight against plastic waste - and we are back on the road for summer 2019.

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Our Story

Back in 2014, the war against plastic in the environment was picking up momentum. Numerous scientific papers were being published on the damage single use plastic was having on our marine life and the 5p carrier bag charge was in heavy debate. It was also the year a not-for profit environmental organisation we work closely with, City to Sea, was established in Bristol.

The West Country is home to some of the UK's most diverse and popular festivals, including the likes of Glastonbury festival, Upfest and the International Balloon Fiesta - yet as these festivals take place on the go, we noticed that the majority of visitors relied on bottled water to stay hydrated.

It was this link between festivals and single-use plastic which allowed us to come up with an idea which would see us reach thousands of our customers, save seven miles of plastic waste to date, and inspire other water companies to follow in our footsteps.

In partnership with City to Sea, we realised we could combat plastic waste by making tap water more publicly available for all across our service area, and with this, the Water Bar was born.

Award Winning Scheme

Big Bang Award for Innovation

Utility Week Stars Awards

Community Project of the Year

Water Industry Achievement Awards (2018)

Outstanding Innovation Award

Water Industry Achievement Awards (2018)

Water Bar 2019 Tour Dates

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 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.

In 2018 we went bigger than ever. We went to 13 events, including Valley Fest, Backwell Festival and Forest Live.





North Somerset Show Bristol 6th May 2019 477 bottles saved
Bristol Festival of Nature Bristol 8th - 9th June 2019 We're going
Keynsham Music Festival Keynsham 6th - 7th July 2019 We're going
Bristol Pride Bristol 13th July 2019 We're going
ValleyFest Bristol 2nd - 4th August 2019 We're going

Back the tap!

Five reasons to think about what you drink


Only 9% of plastic is recycled: the rest goes to landfills, incineration- or worse -in the environment


Tap water is about a thousand times cheaper than bottled water


In blind taste tests, participants actually preferred the taste of tap water to bottled water


It takes twice as much water to make a plastic bottle than it does to refill it


It's the healthiest thing you can drink. In fact, if you drank a popular fizzy bottled drink every day instead, you'd consume 19 and a half bags of sugar over the year.

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Water bottle filled from tap

Refill Revolution

Our fountain in Millennium Sq saved 8,000 single-use plastic bottles from going to waste in one month!