A PERSISTENT campaign by the Mayor of Killarney to have public water fountains installed in the town has finally come to fruition.
Cllr Michael Gleeson first proposed the idea almost two years ago when he sought drinking water fountains in the town centre to quench the public thirst and to help the environment.
The mayor, a passionate environmentalist, had asked council officials to provide at least two Benson Bubbler drinking fountains, or similar decorative structures, in the town.
The first fountain has now been installed near the deer monuments outside the courthouse as a pilot project by Kerry County Council aimed at helping to reduce plastic waste.
“A sad legacy of the last century is that so many of our streams, rivers, lakes and oceans are so badly polluted,” Mayor Gleeson remarked.
“It is my hope that this water fountain will not only help to quench thirsts but will also help us all to realise how precious a gift clean and safe drinking water really is”.
It is also to be hoped that the fountain will encourage everybody to use fewer plastic bottles and non-recyclable cups. The council will closely monitor the project and if it proves successful, more are likely to be provided over the coming years.
The Benson Bubbler got its name from philanthropist Simon Benson who donated $10,000 for the purchase and installation of 20 fountains in his native Portland, Oregon in 1912.
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