Festival will raise a glass to community's water

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A vibrant celebration of water is to take place in the south coast town of Eastbourne, UK.

The Spring Water Festival will celebrate water in all its forms, including as a vital resource for health and wellbeing and a habitat for marine wildlife. Water’s valuable contribution to tourism and its spiritual influence will also be celebrated at the festival, hosted by community network Plastic Free Eastbourne, while glasses will be raised to the town’s network of drinking water refill stations, located along 19km of coastline.

Oliver Sterno, Plastic Free Eastbourne founder, said: “We believe in taking action with urgency in order to raise public awareness about some of the most pressing issues facing our environment.

"We want to influence all stages of this environmental crisis and we strive to build productive relationships and make a positive impact. By providing free mains 'spring water' we can raise awareness for everyone to refill reusable water bottles and reduce the amount of single use plastic, to help protect our environment.

"Our downlands are a precious resource, as the rain percolates down into a vast chalk aquifer that provides the town with about 75% of its fresh drinking water. This festival is an important opportunity to celebrate this initiative and to encourage further expansion.”

The Spring Water Festival takes place in various locations from 13 to 22 May 2022. Events include walks, beach cleans, art exhibitions, citizen science studies, live music, health and wellbeing sessions and a sea-themed creative writing and media competition. The full programme will be announced in early April.

"We want to influence all stages of this environmental crisis and we strive to build productive relationships and make a positive impact."

Oliver Sterno, Plastic Free Eastbourne
A drinking water refill station in Eastbourne. Image: Plastic Free Eastbourne