And now two of Scotland’s best-known walking and outdoors organisations - Paths for All and Ramblers Scotland - have joined the wave by supporting the drive to encourage more walkers, runners and cyclists from Angus to seek out the taps on their outings.
The Top up Taps are part of Scottish Water’s Your Water Your Life campaign, which was launched in June 2018 to emphasise the vital role water plays in the lives of people across Scotland.
There are already 60 Top Up Taps situated across Scotland with more to be installed over the rest of the year in town squares, city centres, sea fronts and even iconic landmarks. And with Scotland’s famed autumn beauty about to shine, it’s the perfect time to visit some of the existing taps in these locations.
Rona Gibb, Senior Manager at Paths for All, said: "We can all do our bit to protect the environment and Top Up Taps make the choice to carry a refillable bottle when out walking an easy one. Here at Paths for All, we're encouraging everyone to walk for short daily journeys, as it's not only healthy, but driving less reduces our carbon emissions.
“It is of course important to stay hydrated when walking and that's why we love to see these taps popping up in our towns and cities across Scotland.
“They make it convenient for everyone to make the small daily changes - like walking and carrying tap water - that will collectively make a big difference to reducing pollution, and helping tackle climate change."
Brendan Paddy, Ramblers Scotland director, said: “We warmly welcome Scottish Water’s roll-out of free refill taps at popular outdoor locations across the country. We’re sure that they will prove very popular with thirsty walkers, while also helping to reduce plastic waste and protect the environments in which we all love to walk.”
A list of the current and planned Top up Taps is online.https://www.yourwateryourlife.co.uk/