Photo via Wikimedia Commons
Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Mission Viejo officials want residents to give up their bottled water and quench their thirst at more traditional water fountains.

Two “hydration stations” have been installed at the Montanoso Recreation Center and Lakeside Promenade and city officials want to install more water fountains at gyms, tennis courts and walking trails. The “Tap Into a Good Thing,” program has cost about $3,500, according to city spokeswoman Kelly Tokarski.

The effort is to reduce the amount of plastic bottles being dumped into landfills. City officials say the tap water is cleaner than bottled water, which is not as regulated as much as the water supplied through municipalities.

“By simply embracing the tap and taking steps to eliminate bottled water from our homes, schools and workplaces, we can reduce the impacts on our community and environment for years to come,” said Denise Matson, the city’s environmental program administrator.

—City News Service

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