Bundy On Tap
Official Website of 'Bundy On Tap'
The Australian town of Bundanoon, in the NSW Southern
Highlands, 150 km south west of Sydney, has decided of its own
volition to neither sell, nor giveaway, bottled still water, within the
A meeting of about 20 businesses initially agreed to the initiative.
This was followed by community meeting in early July 2009, where
the packed town hall of 356 residents voted overwhelmingly to
support the initiative.When bottled water alternatives were officially
launched in late September 2009, it is believed Bundanoon became
Australia's First Bottled Water Free Town. (And possibly the
This small town, community initiative has generated unprecedented
national and international media coverage and worldwide support.
As part of the initiative, Bundanoon expanded drinking water
facilities in the town. Indeed access to drinking water in Bundanoon
is now greater than before ‘Bundy On Tap’ began.
Businesses have available for sale reusable drink bottles and chilled
filtered tap water, whilst both free filtered water stations, and water
fountains or 'bubblers,' provide for the general public, and for local
primary school children.
Bundy on Tap Wins Tidy Town Award
Bundanoon has taken out this year’s "Waste Management and
Litter Reductions" category at the 2011 Keep Australia Beautiful
NSW Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities Awards for the 'Bundy
on Tap' initiative . Bundanoon also came second in the overall
Category C award.
Bundy on Tap was praised for being "one of the most well-thought-
out, well-orchestrated and delivered projects" that Tidy Towns
assessor Phil Bryant had ever seen.
“Not only has this project been a very worthwhile environmental
undertaking, but its acceptance and support by the community as a
whole has been outstanding,” Bryant said.
Bundy on Tap
at the Powerhouse Museum
Australia's largest and most popular museum, The Powerhouse
Museum, in Sydney, has just revamped one of its permanent
exhibitions — EcoLogic
With the Powerhouse attracting over 700,000 visitors annually
inclusion in this permanent exhibit is a yet another way the
small village of Bundanoon has been able to leverage the
message about the environmental travesty that is the single
serve bottled water industry.
Bundy on Tap's Huw Kingston, with Bundanoon Primary
School students and their water fountain and bottle refill station
on the cover of the 2011/12 Southern Highlands phonebook.
Huw is currently present in Concord, Massachusetts, USA,
as of April 2012, as the town meets to discuss Article 32, a
proposal to phase out retail sale of bottled water in containers
less than 1 litre volume.
See updated Bundy on Tap Timeline for more events and awards
for this community-driven environmental initiative.