Number, location and status of public water fountains

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Dear Lambeth Borough Council,

I am requesting the location of all public drinking fountains within the borough.

Secondly, I would appreciate if you could provide details for each fountain of whether it is known to be in fully working order or not currently working. For any that are not currently working, I would like to know how long they have not been working.

If feasible (within cost and time constraints) I would like details of when action is planned to be undertaken to fix any individual drinking fountain that is not currently working.

Finally, if this information is available and within cost and time constraints, I would like to know the average time it has taken between a drinking fountain being reported as not working and it being repaired.

Yours faithfully,

Robert

Jane Shields, Lambeth Borough Council

Information request
Our reference: IR234755

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Request details:  Freedom of Information request - Number, location and
status of public water fountains .
 
We acknowledge receipt of your request for information that was received
on 28 March 2018.

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London Borough of Lambeth
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Jane Shields, Lambeth Borough Council

Dear Sir/Madam

I write in connection with this request

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Dear Jane,

My full name is provided below. I hope you will now be able to look into my original request.

Yours sincerely,

Robert Hardware

Ajayi,Niyi, Lambeth Borough Council

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Dear Sir/Madam

 

Thank you for your recent information request. We have considered this
request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).

 

Please find following our response.

 

I am requesting the location of all public drinking fountains within the
borough.

Please find attached a list of all the drinking water fountains located
within parks, commons and open spaces managed and maintained by Lambeth
Landscapes, on behalf of the London Borough of Lambeth. We have no public
drinking fountains on the public highway.

 

Secondly, I would appreciate if you could provide details for each
fountain of whether it is known to be in fully working order or not
currently working. For any that are not currently working, I would like to
know how long they have not been working.

Please see attached list for the fountains and current status.

 

There are presently 27 fountains designed to provide drinking water to the
public, provided they are routinely tested and maintained to be compliant
with current drinking water regulations. All but two of these fountains
are ‘operational’ in that they can provide drinking water on demand to the
public, subject to appropriate testing, maintenance and repair.

 

All operational water fountains in parks are classed as ‘working’ each
year between the Late May Bank Holiday weekend (26^th May in 2018) they
are turned on, and 30^th September when they are deactivated to protect
them from frost or winter damage. All operational fountains would have
been working and in use up to 30^th September 2017.

 

At the time of this information request (28^th March 2018), none of the
fountains are in use as they are currently undergoing re-commissioning
ready for late May which includes testing, repairs and reactivation of
water supplies. Until this assessment is complete we will not know which
fountains will be ready to be activated and in use for the Late May Bank
Holiday weekend, or require additional repairs/testing which could delay
activation.

 

Two fountains, both at Clapham Common, are not currently operational:

 

a)    The drinking fountain beside Battersea Rise Changing Rooms has not
been in use for over five years, and there are no plans to bring it into
use. However, planned improvements to the changing rooms will include a
source of drinking water within or on the refurbished buildings which will
negate the need for the older fountain, which is poorly located and prone
to tree root and vehicle damage.

 

b)  The Temperance Fountain is a large Victorian monument with four
drinking spouts; it has not been operational for over 25 years. It is not
compliant with current water regulations, including the presence of
extensive lead piping supplying water into the fountain. Work is presently
under way to obtain a condition assessment for the fountain, which will
provide costs for its restoration including the provision of drinking
water if this is realistic.

 

If feasible (within cost and time constraints) I would like details of
when action is planned to be undertaken to fix any individual drinking
fountain that is not currently working.

Lambeth Council uses a facilities maintenance contractor to implement a
commissioning programme; this involves inspecting each operational
drinking water fountain and undertaking appropriate repairs to enable them
to be reactivated ready for the Late May Bank Holiday weekend. This
programme also identifies where defects to a fountain mean it is not safe
or cost effective to reactivate it, or which may delay planned
reactivation.

 

This programme is currently under way and results from the contractor’s
inspections will be followed by various repairs and additional testing to
ensure as many of the operational drinking fountains are ready for the
Late May Bank Holiday weekend, or which may need to undergo further
repairs or be kept out of use.

Finally, if this information is available and within cost and time
constraints, I would like to know the average time it has taken between a
drinking fountain being reported as not working and it being repaired.

During the normal season when operational drinking fountains are in use,
they are covered by a planned programme of maintenance (PPM) which
includes regular water testing and repairs as required or when instructed
by the council following a complaint or enquiry.

 

The time taken between a drinking fountain being reported as not working
and being repaired varies according to the individual fountain and what
the defect or problem is, and so an average date would be an artificial
value and thus cannot be provided.

 

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Yours faithfully

 

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London Borough of Lambeth

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