THE water bottle filling station and bubbler in Summer Street has proved popular with more than 2000 litres used since it was installed in mid-April last year.
Orange City Council city presentation manager Nigel Hobden puts its high usage down to its central location, and the hot weather conditions Orange has recently experienced.
“The water used is the equivalent of around 4000 sports drink bottles being filled,” Mr Hobden said.
“I think that shows there’s’ been pretty good usage.”
Mr Hobden said its central location at the entrance to Post Office Lane means there’s a “great opportunity for people to utilise it”.
Councillor Reg Kidd was a keen supporter of the project from its inception, and told the Central Western Daily both residents and visitors would utilise it.
“Carrying a bottle of water is now a habit that many Australians have picked up, but there’s understandable concern in the community about the huge waste involved in buying single-use bottles,” Cr Kidd said.
“It’s great that we can have a convenient location in the centre of Orange where bottles can be filled when people are out and about.
“It’s another sign to visitors that Orange is a progressive, welcoming city.”
A similar unit was recently installed at the John Lomas Skate Park.
The equipment costs Orange City Council $5563 per installation.