There is a growing trend taking place around the world as people, communities, towns and cities are realizing the devastating affect plastic bottles are having on the environment. With the push to reduce the amount of sugary drinks people consume another problem has arisen, the number of single use plastic water bottles purchased has grown significantly. Most of these plastic bottles end up in waterways and landfill.
According to the Philadelphia water department, plastic bottles make up more than half the litter removed from the Schuylkill River each time it is skimmed. Water Commissioner Howard Neukrug recently announced the installation of a network of water ‘kiosks’ that the rowing community and city officials hope will be a significant part of the solution. The ‘kiosks’ will consist of water drinking fountains and bottle refilling stations in an effort to promote reusable water bottles.
12000 reusable water bottles were given away at the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta, which attracts a large audience and where a number of portable water refilling stations were set up for athletes and spectators in an effort to send a message.
Philadelphia’s goal is to build a citywide partnership to eliminate litter from the river, city and watershed.