Scottish Water unveils ‘Top of the Taps’, most used across the country

Mintlaw Park Top Up Tap

THE BUSIEST and most-used taps across Scotland over the summer have been identified in the latest data revealed by Scottish Water.

The research paints a fascinating picture of exactly where thirsty drinkers have been using the national water provider’s network of Top up Taps from May to August.

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Featuring in the chart at number 24 was Stonehaven’s Top up Tap which dispensed almost 13,000 litres – double any of the others in Aberdeenshire. 

Retaining the top spot in Scotland this summer was Edinburgh’s Grassmarket tap which dispensed over 32,000 litres during the peak tourist season.

Impressively, the Top Up Taps initiative has inspired a 19% increase in people carrying a refillable bottle, and figures show that well-hydrated people across The City of Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire filled up almost 35,000 water bottles and consumed 44,811 litres of water across the area’s nine taps.

Following Stonehaven, the other most used taps in the region were in Mintlaw which served up 6,756 litres, and Fraserburgh with 6,372 litres.

Aboyne was the least used tap in Aberdeenshire with 1,977 litres dispensed. Meanwhile Aberdeen City’s two taps in Hazelhead Park and St Nicholas Street both clocked in with a total tap usage of 1,020 litres each.

Brian Lironi, Director of Corporate Affairs at Scottish Water, said: “It’s brilliant that so many locals and visitors alike are using our Top Up Taps in such numbers. 

“But nothing would make us happier than seeing them used even more! There couldn’t be many better reasons for carrying a refillable water bottle and topping up when you’re out and about – it’s good for your health, good for your pocket and good for the planet.”

Publicly funded Scottish Water recently installed its landmark 100th Top Up Tap in the shadow of the Kelpies in Falkirk. Since launching the initiative in 2018, the 100 taps collectively have topped up the equivalent of nearly 6 million single use plastic bottles.

The aim was to put the distinctive blue Top Up Taps in key locations all over the country – and they now stretch from Arran to Arbroath and from Shetland to Stranraer.

It couldn’t be easier to see where your communities tap is – just visit and search by putting in any postcode or viewing a complete list of the Top Up Taps across Scotland.

Brian Lironi, added: “Water is our most precious natural resource, and we want the people of Scotland and visitors to have access whenever they need it.”

Full usage list of Top up Taps in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire:


Total Usage May – Aug 2023 (L) 

Aberdeen – Hazelhead Park – 1020 

Aberdeen – St. Nicholas Street – 1020 

Stonehaven – 12955 

Mintlaw – 6756 

Fraserburgh – 6372 

Cruden Bay – 5678 

Braemar – 5171 

Banchory – 3862 

Aboyne – 1977 

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