Brigadoon Goes Bottled Water Free
Bundy On Tap
On Saturday, 17 April 2010, the famed Bundanoon
Highland Gathering, known affectionately as Brigadoon,
became bottled water free.
This was no small undertaking, as the event is one of the
world's largest highland gatherings (with often over 15,000
visitors). But it makes cents, because canny Scots know a
thing or two about not wasting their money.
Brigadoon is perhaps the largest public event in Australia,
in recent times, to have gone Bottled Water Free
Water is an essential ingredient in the success of public
events. Aside from being a healthier beverage than the
likes of soft drinks, it can reduce the incidence of
dehydration, heat stroke and heat exhaustion (shade helps
too!) But that doesn't mean it has to be commercial bottled
water. As Brigadoon 2010 clearly demonstrated.
Bundy On Tap, Brigadoon and Culligan Water showed that
working together it is possible hold a very successful major
public event that is also Bottled Water Free.
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Bundy on Tap had a stall providing information
about how Bundanoon went Bottled Water Free. The
volunteers also sold nearly 200 special Bundy On Tap
Bundy on Tap volunteers walked amongst the
assembled masses, dispensing free town tap water
(chilled and filtered by Culligan Water) from
backpacks (also provided by Culligan Water)
Culligan Water had two stalls dispensing free chilled
and filtered town tap water, as well as selling their own
flat pack, reusable water bottles.
Brigadoon had advised stall holders that as a
supporter of Bundy on Tap the event would not sell nor
giveaway commercial bottled water.
Brigadoon also made regular public address
announcements advising attendees how they could get
free town water.
The local primary school won an award for their
street parade float under the joint theme of Refill, Not
Landfill and Bunny Green Bundy.
There was a wonderful, bubbly atmosphere to the day. Attendees were chuffed
to be waited on by the roving water backpacker wallas. Some young kids
couldn't believe the water was free, they had to ask a couple of times to be
convinced, so entrenched has become the notion that water must come from
single use bottles. May what is now such a novelty soon revert, to once again
The Bundy On Tap project is indebted to the Brigadoon Highland Gathering
Committee for steadfastly supporting the bottled water free initiative.
Particular thanks must go to John Gale who championed the idea on behalf of
the committee. A huge thanks also the Culligan Water, who made the logistics
work on the day. Their crew at Brigadoon worked tirelessly refilling attendees
water bottles. Great job guys. And a big pat on the back to Bundy On Tap's
own volunteer team for putting in the hard yards.