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To help raise awareness about free water refill stations along the beach front, Weymouth Town Council is holding a ‘tappy hour’ event on Friday 28th July.

Between 1pm and 3pm, Council officers will be joined by Litter Free Dorset at one of the refill stations on the Promenade opposite the King’s Statue. They will be giving out free fruit and juices so people can fill up their own reusable water bottles using the water tap. To help encourage take up, Weymouth Town Council is giving away some reusable water bottles.

Some of the water refill taps are located by the slipways to the beach, making them accessible for everyone to use.

Cllr Kate Wheller, Mayor of Weymouth, said: “There are more than 20 free taps stretching from Weymouth Pavilion end of the beach to Greenhill Gardens that can be used to refill water bottles rather than buying more plastic bottles.

“We hope that that by raising awareness of their locations, visitors and residents will be encouraged to reuse water bottles and help us reduce the need for single use plastics, which can easily drift out to sea and have a negative impact on our oceans and marine life.”

As well as the tappy hour event, the Town Council installed solar panels on the beach office, is replacing some of its fleet with electric vehicles, and helped make the beach toy library available over the summer again thanks to a partnership with Litter Free Dorset and Weymouth and Portland Marine Project. This is all part of efforts to make the resort cleaner and greener since declaring a climate and ecological emergency.