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Scottish Water’s top-up tap installed last summer at Grant Park has been turned on

By Garry McCartney

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A FREE drinking water tap in Grant Park that has not been available since last summer is up-and-running again.

Scottish Water installed the fountain off Victoria Road next to the Sunken Gardens on June 9 - it was made operational on June 23 but stopped flowing a few weeks later and was temporarily removed from service on July 6.

A spokesperson for Scottish Water said: “This was due to a damaged connection to a fragile section of the water main.

“To resolve this we needed to access Victoria Road, however, there were other utilities with complex works planned in the area, so we co-ordinated our repair to minimise disruption. “

The repair was made in October but, like other taps over the winter, it was stopped to protect it from potentially being damaged due to extreme weather.

The bright blue tap is opposite the Masonic Hall on High Street.

Scottish Water taps are already operating in Nairn and Elgin.

Following positive sample results, Forres’ is expected to be operational at the end of this week.

Scottish Water bottle filling stations encourage the use of refillable bottles, offering value to the environment and for health.

Their spokesperson said: "We thank customers living in and visiting Forres for their patience while we've worked to repair the tap. We hope they will join the many people accessing free, world-class water on-the-go in over 100 locations across Scotland.

“It's good for you, your pocket and the planet. So far, our taps have dispensed the equivalent of over five million single-use plastic bottles."

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