I have rejected bottled water for a very long time. The plastic bottles are an absolute hazard in the waste stream, and when sparkling water has come from overseas the energy to deliver it is absurd. We have some of the best water in the world, right on tap. So why not drink it?
There are now 2 ProAcqua water dispensers in Fremantle, one on Esplanade Park and one in Kings Square. I went down yesterday, bought a card for $10 and went to the machine in King’s Square, where I found a nice young lady dispensing the water for free!
Once you have a card, available from local businesses and the Tourist Centre, you can get icy cold still or sparkling water for 25c for small, 40c for medium and 50c for a large refill.
The water is filtered, UV steralised and chilled so it tastes so much better than water out of a plastic bottle. For the enthusiast there are also stainless steel vacuum flask bottles for sale at about $25, these keep the water fresh and cold for several hours.