“Tap’s oan!” as Scottish Water switches on Holyrood’s Top up Tap


“Tap’s oan at Holyrood!” it has been confirmed.Taps oan at Holyrood

Scottish Water has switched on its first high tech Top up Tap at the Scottish Parliament allowing thousands of people to stay hydrated on the go in one of the Capital’s most historic areas.

The water tap located outside the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood is the first of a network which the utility plans to install in towns and cities over two years.

The location of the first Top up Tap gives visitors to Holyrood Park, the Parliament and other nearby attractions access to fresh, clean drinking water at the push of a button.

Water drinkers can refill their bottles simply and quickly to stay refreshed and help reduce the impact of waste on the environment.

The creation of a Top up Tap network forms part of Scottish Water’s drive to encourage its customers to carry a reusable bottle and refill on the go, for the benefit of their health, their pocket and the environment.

The Your Water Your Life campaign aims to make ‘tap’ the first choice of Scotland’s water drinkers.

Commenting on Holyrood’s new Top up Tap, Deputy Presiding Officer Linda Fabiani MSP said:

“The Scottish Parliament is delighted to support this initiative and to be the first location in Scotland to turn on its Top up Tap. Our message is simple: topping up from the tap is good for you, good for your pocket and good for the environment. Top up here!”

Scottish Water Chief Executive Douglas Millican added:

“We’re thrilled to play our part in helping change the way water is consumed in Scotland. We want to encourage people to stay hydrated on the go by topping up their water bottles and in doing so help reduce waste.

“It’s a great location for our first Top up Tap, right outside the Parliament, near to Holyrood Park and the Royal Mile where thousands of people come every day. I hope as many people as possible use the Top up Tap and that its prominent position will make it a regular stop of runners, walkers, cyclists and other visitors to the Holyrood area.”


Scottish Water’s Top up Tap is made from marine-grade steel, is connected to the mains water supply and will be inspected regularly to deliver high quality drinking water to those looking to top up on the go.



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