Study finds lower North Island’s playground drinking fountains woefully inadequate

A new study has found that only 20 percent of playgrounds in the lower North Island have drinking fountains.
Researchers want minimum standards for water fountains in New Zealand, especially in light of the country’s recent heatwave.
It randomly selected 54 playgrounds across 17 council areas in the lower North Island – only 11 playgrounds had water fountains.
The fountains they did find were poor quality.
There are no health concerns from a bit of discolouration, but Professor Wilson says it discourages people from using them.
This follows a similar study last year that called for more investment in Wellington’s public fountains.
Deputy Mayor Jill Day says there is on-going work to install more fountains at recreation spots around the city, including playgrounds.
And maintenance for one fountain costs $900 a year.
Wilson wants to see central Government set minimum standards for drinking fountains in playgrounds and parks, so parents like Ms Chambers can rely on access to drinking water.

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