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Tap water became a hit at the IAAF World U20 Championships in Tampere

Published 13.7.2018 12.04

Drink Tap Water, this is what the championships organisers requested in Tampere. Young athletes responded to their request and have been frequently filling their bottles from water taps.

Rasheem Brown enjoying tap water

Tampere Water (the municipal enterprise for water services), which is celebrating its 120th anniversary, provided each IAAF World U20 Championships participant with an empty water bottle, which can be filled straight from taps during the championships. According to Elisa Hakanen, the general secretary of the IAAF World U20 Championships 2018, no one has been asking for bottled water. Feedback on the use of tap water has been purely positive. - Already, on the first day of the championships athletes were asking about water taps, although many athletes were drinking tap water for the first time. Drinkable tap water is not self-evident everywhere.

Athletes using their own water bottles is a significant environmental achievement because it considerably reduces the amount of plastic waste produced during the championships.

Finnish tap water is the best in the world. Tap water has been found to be significantly cleaner than bottled water. Research by the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare has shown that bottled water may contain up to 100 times more microbes than tap water. Tap water is also cheap. One glass of water costs about 0.06 cents and a bucket of water 3 cents.

Further information

General Secretary
Elisa Hakanen
IAAF World U20 Championships
Tampere 2018
tel 050 352 0982