About Us

Vision

Plastic waste does not only fill up our landfills, it also spills into the seas and mountains, posing great threats to wildlife. According to 2016 figure, 158 tonnes of PET bottle waste was dumped in Hong Kong everyday, which could be converted to more than 6 million beverage bottles! How does it get so devastating? Bottled water, cheap and expensive alike, have been marketed extensively throughout the city.  While we already have high quality tap water, why spend a thousand time more on bottled water and creating unnecessary waste?

Mission

The mission of Water for Free is to share and communicate with the public the issues regarding water fountains, raising awareness and promoting its use in order to reduce plastic waste.
We realize the insufficiency and inadequacy of the provision of water fountains in Hong Kong. That’s why we need to amplify our voice so that the public and the authority will pay more attention to the issue.

Data

6

plastic bottles dumped by Hong Kong people everyday

1300

number of water fountains in Water for Free map

450

years it takes to decompose a plastic bottle

35

small businesses and civil groups providing free drinking water

People

Rachel Pang Hoi Yan realized the severity of environmental issue when she suffered from breathing problem due to smog in Beijing where she worked a dozen years ago. Over the years she took part in various environmental campaigns on a part-time basis. Since 2016 she has spent full time on campaigning for Water for Free.

Timeline

2013

Water For Free

Water for Free started. With no resources and technology, we simply collected and presented water fountain information on Google Map. Later the same year, volunteer was generously offered to develop and launch the first version of Water for Free iOS app.

2014

Water For Free App Launch

We thanks our second volunteer offer which helped develop and launch the first version of the Water for Free Android app.

2016

Water Fountain Rental Service

We stepped out of the web and appeared amid people in large event and provided drinking water for thousands of people, replacing the use of bottled water.

2017

Water For Free 2.0

Water for Free second version launched, with more useful information and better communication with users.

Partners

Every party can do their part for the environment – we are not waiting for the Government or the big corps. Water for Free has grown to a larger network thanks to the following shops and organisations. Please give them a big hand!

Join Water For Free

Please join Water for Free by contributing your drinking water source to serve the public. Please fill in the Report New Fountain form, and select “Yes” in “Are you the owner of the fountain?”, or you may contact us by email or through our Facebook Page.

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