Goldenfields Water selected multifunction drinking water stations from CIVIQ for a community project covering several council areas in New South Wales.

Goldenfields Water supplies water within the local government areas of Bland, Coolamon, Junee, Temora, and parts of Cootamundra-Gundagai, Hilltops and Narrandera. The water utility company also supplies quality drinking water to approximately 46,000 customers across an area of 22,526 sq. km in parts of NSW’s South West Slopes and Riverina regions.

As part of a community outreach program initiated in 2017, Goldenfields Water decided to provide communities in these regions access to clean freshwater while reducing the need for single-use plastic bottles to help the environment. The company not only sought to foster stronger, closer relationships with these communities but also aimed to educate community members and consumers about the region’s drinking water supply, the water cycle, water efficiency and the benefits of choosing tap water.

For their first Community Engagement Strategy, Goldenfields Water decided to donate a total of 40 drinking water and bottle refill stations, spread over the period 2017-2020. The towns and locations for the installation of these drinking water stations would be selected by constituent councils.

Temora Shire Council

CIVIQ drinking water station in Temora Shire Council

Goldenfields Water wanted to install drinking water stations with integrated bottle refilling capabilities. Breah Coleman from the water company explained that the decision to go with CIVIQ’s Aquafil FlexiFountain was based on the multifunctional design of the model, which included a water bottle refill tap, a bubbler fountain and a dog bowl. The visual appeal of these drinking water fountains was also a factor in the final selection.

Gus Smith Oval in Young

CIVIQ water refill station located on the pathway near Gus Smith Oval in Young

In fulfilment of their commitment, Goldenfields Water has so far distributed 38 drinking water stations to 20 local communities within the councils of Junee, Cootamundra-Gundagai, Bland, Hilltops, Temora, Coolamon and Narrandera.

“Our community benefits mostly from the bottle refill function as many of our stations have been installed at local sporting facilities, parks and pathways, where people require taps to fill up their water bottles with fresh water while exercising,” Coleman added.

Read more about Goldenfields Water’s community engagement initiative.