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New water bottle station opened on Market Square

(WBIR-KNOXVILLE)  If you're looking to cool off, there's a new way to do it on Market Square.

Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and the executive director of the Tennessee Clean Water Network dedicated a water refill station on Wednesday.

It's all a part of the "Bring Tap Back Project"-- an effort to encourage people to drink tap water instead of sugary beverages.
Leaders say orginially they planned to install water fountains, but found that people feel refill stations are safer.

"So we have installed those exclusively, along with a bubbler in case you don't have a bottle. Also if you fill up a bottle you'll drink more than just taking a sip, so it's good for your health," said Renee Hoyos, Tennessee Clean Water Network.

Leaders hope it will reduce the state's high rates of obestiy and diabetes.

Several refill stations are being installed in city parks, schools, and on the UT campus.


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