SCOTLAND’S newest water top-up tap has been unveiled in Dunfermline.

Band Dancing on Tables enjoyed the first refill of water from the Top up Tap in their hometown – the 10th Top up Tap to be installed across Scotland as part of Scottish Water’s Your Water Your Life campaign.

The high-tech Top Up Tap has been installed at the Kingsgate end of the High Street as part of Scottish Water’s national initiative to encourage people to carry a reusable bottle and stay hydrated out and about.

The band, whose song, 'Oh', features in the campaign, was joined by pupils from Lynburn Primary School’s Green Team.

The youngsters showed off their latest pieces of artwork and recited a poem they had written for the launch which highlights the benefits of topping up from the tap.

Hot off a trip to the USA, Dancing On Tables performed at the refill tap launch with acoustic renditions of the song used in the nationwide campaign, as well as their latest single, 'Black'.

Shirley Anne Sommerville MSP and Councillor Jim Leishman, Fife Provost, welcomed the town’s newest landmark.

Plastic-Free Dunfermline, a movement led by local businessman James Daw, which is focused on getting residents, schools, community groups, businesses and Fife Council to reduce their singe-use plastic consumption, initially approached Scottish Water about Dunfermline getting a tap.

Douglas Millican, Scottish Water’s chief executive, attended the launch and said: “I am delighted that our landmark 10th tap has been installed here in Dunfermline, home to Scottish Water’s Head Office.

"This tap represents a real milestone in the campaign and shows our commitment to providing public water refill points in towns across Scotland.

"I would encourage local residents, workers and visitors to the town to make full use of the tap year-round by topping up their reusable bottles when they’re out and about.”

The unit, which is connected to the mains water supply and inspected regularly, tracks the water usage digitally and records both cost and plastic savings.

A recent Scotland-wide study found that almost two-thirds of people now carry a refillable water bottle with them at least some of the time.

Dunfermline and West Fife MSP, Shirley-Anne Somerville, said: “I’m pleased to see Dunfermline become the home of the latest top-up tap in the national network of public refill points. Its central location, right on the High Street, will help local residents and visitors stay refreshed and hydrated on the go.

“Making the switch to a reusable water bottle is an excellent way to cut down on single-use plastic waste. With each refill, people can save money and help to protect the environment at the same time!”

James Daw, from Plastic-Free Dunfermline, said: “Plastic-Free Dunfermline is delighted Scottish Water’s new outdoor refill point is installed and ready to use. We urge everyone in Dunfermline to always carry their refillable bottles and fill up from it as necessary. By doing so, we will avoid buying plastic bottles on the go, save money and help to ‘turn off the flow’ of single-use plastic, which is so harmful to the environment.”