Water is essential for life and staying hydrated contributes towards good physical and mental wellbeing across all ages.

Access to quality drinking water supports the need to keep hydrated and also by encouraging the use of refill stations and reducing the use of single use plastic has a sustainable impact on the environment.

Recently Welsh Government announced their support for refill stations across Wales and plan to ban single use plastic from 2021.

Our plan includes:

  1. Increasing the number of public refill water stations
  2. Ensuring water is freely available in pre-schools, schools, workplaces and other public sector organisations

What can you do to increase the number of water refill stations?

If you’re a business with a publicly accessible tap, consider joining the Refill movement. All you need to do is input a few details to create your free profile on the map. Once your station is live, you’ll be ready to welcome thirsty refillers and benefit from increased exposure and footfall as a result. Take a look at the Refill app website

For areas without an accessible tap you can consider installing a water refill station.

Read how Cardiff and the Vale UHB have done this here

Visit the Refill website for current guidance surrounding water refill stations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

What can you do to ensure water is freely available in your organisation?

In partnership with Refill Wales we’ve created a toolkit to encourage employers to promote drinking water to their staff. There are benefits to both the health of the staff in reducing plastic waste to make workplaces more sustainable. The toolkit comes with social media assets, posters and information for employers to support the promotion of drinking water in their own setting. The toolkit will launch in June 2021 and be available to download here.

Please check back for future updates.

Ensure water is freely available in preschools and schools

Preschool settings are encouraged to work with the Cardiff and Vale Healthy and Sustainable Pre-School Schemes to work towards achieving the status of becoming a healthy preschool. The scheme topics Nutrition and Oral Health, Physical Activity and Active Play, Environment, and Workplace Health align and support this work to ensure water is freely available in preschool settings.

The Healthy and Sustainable Pre-School Scheme is a national accreditation scheme which acknowledges pre-school settings as contributors to children’s health and wellbeing.

Contact your local scheme to find out more.
Cardiff – Email: Emma.Coleman@cardiff.gov.uk
Vale – Email: Catherine.perry@wales.nhs.uk or visit website for further information.

Schools are encouraged to work with the Welsh Network of Healthy Schools Scheme (WNHSS) who provides support for all schools and education settings to improve the health and wellbeing of pupils, staff and families. They provide information, teaching resources and advice.  Topics covered by the scheme which align and support this work to ensure water is freely available in schools are Food and Fitness, Mental and Emotional Health and Well Being (development of a health promoting workplace) and the Environment.

Contact your Healthy Schools Team for more information:
Cardiff – Email: Karen Trigg ktrigg@cardiff.gov.uk
Vale – Email: Christine Farr Christine.farr@wales.nhs.uk

Examples of implementation:
Encourage children to bring in their own labelled bottles for use during the day

Ensure water fountains/refill stations are easily accessible and hygienic

Encourage Staff to role model good hydration habits to children – see above for information on hydration workplace toolkit or use labelled bottles

Preschool settings are encouraged to work with the Cardiff and Vale Healthy and Sustainable Pre-School Schemes to work towards achieving the status of becoming a healthy preschool. The scheme topics Nutrition and Oral Health, Physical Activity and Active Play, Environment, and Workplace Health align and support this work to ensure water is freely available in preschool settings. 

The Healthy and Sustainable Pre-School Scheme is a national accreditation scheme which acknowledges pre-school settings as contributors to children’s health and wellbeing. 

Contact your local scheme to find out more.
Cardiff – Email:  Emma.Coleman@cardiff.gov.uk 

Vale – Email:  Catherine.perry@wales.nhs.uk or visit website for further information.  

Schools are encouraged to work with the Welsh Network of Healthy Schools Scheme (WNHSS) who provides support for all schools and education settings to improve the health and wellbeing of pupils, staff and families. They provide information, teaching resources and advice.  Topics covered by the scheme which align and support this work to ensure water is freely available in schools are Food and Fitness, Mental and Emotional Health and Well Being (development of a health promoting workplace) and the Environment.

Contact your Healthy Schools Team for more information:

Cardiff – Email:  Karen Trigg ktrigg@cardiff.gov.uk

Vale – Email: Christine Farr Christine.farr@wales.nhs.uk

Examples of implementation:

Encourage children to bring in their own labelled bottles for use during the day

Ensure water fountains/refill stations are easily accessible and hygienic

Encourage Staff to role model good hydration habits to children – see above for information on hydration workplace toolkit or use labelled bottles

World Refill Day takes place on 16 June to promote hydration and sustainability and prevent plastic pollution. Visit the World Refill day website for further information in how to get involved within your organisation.

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