Drinking fountain plan makes a splash

FREE WATER: Charlee Watt, wants to make it easier for people to get a drink of water while out and about in Port Lincoln.

FREE WATER: Charlee Watt, wants to make it easier for people to get a drink of water while out and about in Port Lincoln.

A 13-year-old’s push to have a water fountain installed on the Port Lincoln foreshore has been more successful than expected.

Rather than asking the council to install a fountain, Charlee Watt researched the best options, negotiated a discount and came up with a fundraising plan to pay for it herself – only asking the council for approval and to cover the cost of installation and maintenance.

She presented her plan to the Port Lincoln City Council earlier this month however, coincidentally, SA Water, only weeks earlier, had approached the council with the same idea for a foreshore fountain, which has now been installed.

It’s a simple idea I think will make our city better.

Charlee Watt

Impressed by her initiative, councillors encouraged Charlee to come back with alternative locations for the fountain, which includes a trough for dogs to get a drink too.

She was inspired to pursue the idea after spending time in Adelaide during the holidays and seeing water fountains “everywhere”.

“Here there was nowhere to fill up your water bottles except the toilets; I think Port Lincoln can do better.

“It’s a simple idea I think will make our city better.

“Not everyone has enough money to buy a drink on a hot day.”

She plans to raise the money by holding sausage sizzles and cake stalls and hopes to have the money by the end of September.