UK Construction Week have teamed up with Join the Pipe UK to raise awareness of the British charity’s work as well as raising funds for its drinking water projects in developing countries. These include a scheme in Nairobi which is aiming to provide clean drinking water in under-developed urban areas of the Kenyan capital.
The collaboration is also attempting to reduce the number of single-use plastic water bottles thrown away at the UK’s largest construction show which takes places between the 9th and 11th October at the NEC in Birmingham.
A thousand reusable bottles will be given away during the event with water fountains installed for the expected 35,000 visitors.
One of the Kenyan projects is the playground of the Patriana Educational Centre in Nairobi which will soon be cleaned up by the children who will receive a reusable bottle for each bag with litter they collect. A water kiosk will also be set up to sell water to the local community of 20,000 people.
The charity also have a Water Bottle Bike in Nairobi which sells sustainable bottles to help the fight against disposable plastic.
Nathan Garnett, UK Construction Week event director, said: “Awareness of the terrible impact of our throwaway attitude to plastic has been rising ever since the Blue Planet programme earlier in the year. A staggering 13 billion plastic bottles are used each year in the UK, and 5.5 billion of those end up in landfill, litter or incinerators. We do not want our event to add to that appalling waste.
“That’s what makes this such a great idea. Our visitors can stay hydrated with free water and a stylish reusable bottle, and we can help to reduce the growing amount of plastic waste we put into our environment while also helping children who have desperate need of clean water. Everyone’s a winner.”
Andrew Eversden, managing director of Join the Pipe International, said: “It has been proven that if you provide easy, convenient and reliable places for people to fill up their bottles and drink tap water, they will. Our refills stations are designed to do exactly that, bringing tap water to everyone, everywhere. In the process, supporters are contributing to a water project in a developing country.
“We have a variety of styles of water stations to suit all needs and with our sleek and aesthetic design we also aim to put the style back into tap water. I think this will be of interest to many architects, designers and developers attending this show.”
For those attending the event, Join the Pipe can be found at stand number H200 is Hall 12.