Secretary for Home Affairs, Director of Leisure and Cultural Services, Secretary for Food and Health and Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene,
With this petition, we urge the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) and the Food and Hygiene Department (FEHD) to pursue Hong Kong’s public health and waste-reduction-at-source strategies. Urgent action is required to upgrade all conventional water dispensers to bottle refill stations and to promote “Bring Your Own Bottle” habits.
LCSD and FEHD manage 1,061 water dispensers. However, almost all continue to be suspended. This forces the public to purchase pre-packaged beverages resulting in waste going to landfills.
Although our hospitals and airport are regarded high risk areas, all their public drinking water facilities continue to operate. Research shows that the critical difference is the type of dispenser. While the LCSD and FEHD use water fountains, both the Hospital Authority and Airport Authority have installed water bottle refill stations.
Traditional water fountains are considered a risk to public health. Modern bottle refill stations are considered a safe option to ensure the public has access to drinking water – even when we face a deadly virus epidemic.
Replacing water fountains with bottle refill stations offers public health benefits, provides citizens with access to drinking water, while supporting Government’s waste reduction strategies.
We call on the LCSD and FEHD to expediently replace all their water fountains; to increase the network of publicly accessible water dispensers; and to promote their water dispenser locations to the public.
 Drink Without Waste (2021). Press Release. 23 October 2021. LCSD and FEHD urged to upgrade their water dispensers to reduce plastic bottle waste. https://bit.ly/DWW_PressRelease_EN