In an attempt to combat litter and to tackle people’s increasing reliance on bottled water, Australian coastal town of Manly is providing its visitors free access to filtered water.  A staple product in some households, bottled waters sales are reportedly slipping, but many punters are still snubbing Fluoride-filled tap water for its filtered counterpart.

Recently the Manly council installed six filtered water fountains along the beach for its residents.  Next week town Mayor Peter Macdonald and Bottle Water Alliance leader John Dee will push for similar action within other Australian Councils.  According to The Age Australians spent AUD$431 million on bottled water last year.  Although filtered water fountains may have higher maintenance costs, filtered water company Culligan Australia plans to offer interested councils and retailers special deals on maintenance and filter equipment for the public as incentive.

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