WATER refill points are coming to Clacks, in a bid to save people money, reduce plastic waste, and keep people hydrated.

Scottish Water plans to roll out the tap water refill points in all of Scotland's 32 local authorities over the next two years.

The Top Up Taps will be fitted with technology that digitally tracks water usage at each one, transmitting the data to specialists who can calculate cost and plastic savings.

The planned scheme follows the launch earlier this year of the Your Water, Your Life campaign, which urged people to reduce plastic waste by drinking tap water at home.

Douglas Millican, Scottish Water's chief executive, said: “Our research shows that people feel very positively towards the quality of Scotland’s tap water – now these state-of-the-art taps can provide access to enable water drinkers to enjoy it while on the go by carrying and using refillable bottles.”

Roseanna Cunningham, the environment secretary, said: “By encouraging people to top up from the tap using refillable bottles, we will help cut down on our use of plastics and promote the benefits of hydration."

A national drive to encourage people to stay hydrated by drinking water from the tap in refillable bottles was set out in the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government 2018-2019.

According to the NHS, people should drink about 1.2 litres (six to eight glasses) of water every day to prevent dehydration.