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Choose Tap

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council (PMHC) is helping customers enjoy a healthy, environmentally friendly and low-cost community lifestyle through Choose Tap.

More than a billion people worldwide do not have access to safe drinking water – but here in Australia we often take our quality tap water for granted.

Choose Tap is a community-based initiative promoting tap water as the best hydration choice for the environment, people’s health and their hip pocket and is playing a valuable role supporting community sport, local festivals, education, parks and gardens, the health sector, the business sector and cafes and restaurants.

Water Refill Stations provide access to free drinking water in public spaces.  In the Port Macquarie-Hastings area, there are stations installed at: 

Port Macquarie     Wauchope Lake Cathie / Bonny Hills / Camden Haven
  • Westport Park
  • Town Green
  • Town Square
  • Skate Park, Town Beach
  • Rotary Park
  • Town Beach
  • Oxley Beach
  • Rocky Beach Lookout
  • Shelly Beach
  • Flynns Beach
  • Lighthouse Beach
  • Lighthouse Beach Road exit track from Miners Beach
  • Sea Acres
  • Wayne Richards Park
  • Settlement Point Reserve
  • Mrs York’s Garden, cnr Grant & Stewart St
  • Indoor Stadium, Hastings River Dr
  • Ascot Park
  • Kooloonbung Creek Nature Reserve
  • Cowarra Dam Picnic Area

  • Bain Park

  • Jack Dwyer Reserve Boardwalk, River St

  • Bain Park (old fountain in park)

  • Lasiandra Park

  • Wauchope Off Leash Dog Park cnr Blackbutt Drive & Peppermint Cres



  • Rainbow Beach, Bonny Hills

  • Foreshore Reserve, Lake Cathie

  • Community Hall Reserve, Bonny Hills

  • North Haven Reserve

  • Laurieton School of Arts, Bold St Laurieton

  • Bruce Porter Reserve

  • Henry Kendall Reserve Dog Exercise Park


* Along with free water refill stations, PMHC has also invested in portable water refill stations to support sustainability at Council sponsored events.

Choose-Tap-App.jpg Choose Tap App

The Choose Tap app helps you find tap water when your need it. With over 1000 locations, you can find tap water wherever you are. Browse and locate nearby taps on a map and get directions.

The Choose Tap app is available from the Apps Store and Google Play.

Tap Facts:

  •  Plastic never biodegrades, it breaks up into smaller and smaller pieces, gradually turning our waterways and oceans into ‘plastic soup’ (Source: Clean Up Australia)
  • Waterway litter is extremely harmful to wildlife that become entangled or mistake litter for food, resulting in injury or death (Source: Clean Up Australia)
  • Bottled water production makes 600 times more CO2 than tap water (Source: Cool Australia)
  • One bottle of water has the same impact on our environment as driving a car 1km (Source: Cool Australia)
  • Drink container recycle rates for Australia (excluding South Australia) are less than 40% (Source: Cool Australia)
  • It takes 8 years to recoup the cost of a bottle of water by refilling the bottle with tap water (Source: Cool Australia)
  • ‘Australians spend over $600 million a year on bottled water, a product that costs 2000 times more per litre than tap water’(Source: Cool Australia)
  • About 50% of plastic bottles end up as landfill or litter (Source: Australian Packaging Covenant)
  • 40,000 pieces of plastic can be found in every square kilometre in Australian Waters (Source: Healthy Waterways)
  • Plastic bottles are among the ten most common rubbish items picked up on Clean Up Australia Day (Source: Clean Up Australia)
  • Australian tap water is world standard drinking water so it is the safe, cheap and sustainable option. (Source: Clean Up Australia)
  • It takes up to seven litres of water and one litre of oil to produce one litre of bottled water. (Source: Cool Australia)
  • A recent News Limited taste test had 68% of us liking the tap water better than bottled water. Around 20% couldn’t pick a difference. (Source: Cool Australia)
  • Tap water has 1 per cent the environmental impact of bottled water. (Source: Cool Australia)
  • Australians drank 115 Olympic swimming pools worth of bottled water last year (2015). (Source: Cool Australia)
  • Discarded drink bottles account for 38 per cent of the total rubbish volume. (Source: Cool Australia)
  • The average cost of a litre of tap water in Australia .001¢(Source: Cool Australia)
  • The average cost of a litre of bottled water in Australia is $2.83(Source: Cool Australia)
  • The average Australian drinks 14 litres of bottled water per year. (Source: Cool Australia)
  • Australians buy 118,000 tonnes of plastic drink bottles a year. (Source: Cool Australia)
  • Bottled water is pumped out of the ground, packaged, transported and chilled before it gets to us. This creates over 60,000 tons of greenhouses gases a year in Australia alone. (Source: Cool Australia)
  • The manufacture and transport of the plastic bottles for all this water requires over 460,000 barrels of oil. (Source: Cool Australia)
  • Less than 40% of these bottles are recycled; the balance ends up in landfill or in our waterways. (Source: Cool Australia)
  • Recycling just one bottle saves enough energy to power a television for 90 minutes. Recycling makes a big difference; the more we recycle the less raw materials we use. (Source: Cool Australia)
  • Where all this does bottled water come from? Clean, peaceful rivers and bubbling mountain brooks as depicted on the bottles? Not so much. It’s mostly bore water pumped from the ground at almost zero cost. (Source: Cool Australia)
  • Water makes up 50-80% of your body weight, depending on lean body mass. (Source: VicHealth)
  • Water is an essential nutrient which hydrates your body. (Source: VicHealth)
  • The amount of water a person needs depends on factors such as exercise, humidity and body size. As a guide, around 6–8 cups of water per day is recommended for adults. (Source: VicHealth)
  • Drinking water is important for kidney health. (Source: VicHealth)
  • Drinking water throughout the day and staying hydrated helps concentration. (Source: VicHealth)
  • Tap water contains fluoride which is beneficial for healthy teeth. (Source: VicHealth)
  • Drinking tap water instead of sugary drinks can help reduce your risk of tooth decay. (Source: VicHealth)
  • There are zero kilojoules in tap water. (Source: VicHealth)
  • Drinking tap water eliminates the need for plastic packaging. Filling a reusable water bottle from the tap reduces the amount of plastic bottles that contribute to land fill each year. (Source: VicHealth).

For more information on the Choose Tap program and how it supports our community visit: http://choosetap.com.au/

This page was last updated on: 15 January 2020