Malta’s largest hospital installs free water ‘top-up taps’

Malta’s largest state-run hospital will become home to more than 100 free drinking water stations in a bid to reduce waste and cut down on plastic.

Mater Dei Hospital said a network of 115 purpose-built ‘top-up taps’ will be installed in waiting rooms, corridors and wards over the next four months.

The water fountains will allow staff, visitors and patients to refill their reusable water bottles on the go.

The first two ‘top-up taps’ have already been installed at Mater Dei by the Water Services Corporation.

The ‘We Are Water’ campaign is part of then hospital’s efforts to cut down on plastic waste.

Water delivery lorries make an estimated 700 trips to the hospital in Swater every year.

An estimated 400,000 plastic bottles are thrown away by hospital staff, visitors and patients annually.

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