Top up Taps which have been placed across Scotland have saved the equivalent of 250,000 plastic bottles, according to Scottish Water.
More than 82,000 litres of water have been dispensed from the 26 taps currently up and running, which adds up to a quarter of a million 330ml bottles.
The first of the bright blue taps, helping people top up their refillable bottles, was installed outside the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh two years ago.
And Scottish Water has confirmed refill points will be in place at 70 locations throughout the country by March 2021.
Brian Lironi, the body’s corporate affairs director, said: “We know that people in Scotland share our passion for our country’s great-tasting tap water as well as doing our bit for protecting the environment and improving health.
“It’s fantastic that our Top up Taps programme remains on track to deliver a national network of 70 refill points by March 2021.
“It means people out and about can stay hydrated by filling up for free with high quality public tap water – this is ‘your’ water after all, so we want to make sure you can enjoy it as easy and often as possible.
“There’s a growing appetite from the public to fill up their reusable bottles, and in these changing times it is more important than ever to take a refillable bottle with you and have your own fresh, clear water while you’re on the go.
“We want to thank Scotland for supporting our Top up Taps and to help to achieve the amazing milestone of reaching the equivalent of 250,000 bottles saved.
“Hopefully it becomes the norm for people to seek out our Top up Taps around Scotland and take their bottles with them whenever they go out.”
The latest Top up Tap to be added to the roll-out programme is in Edinburgh’s Leith Links, with further taps to be installed at Portobello, the Royal Mile, the west end of the city and the Grassmarket.
Adam McVey, City of Edinburgh Council leader, said: “These five new Top up Taps across the city will help all of us cut down on single-use plastic and it’s encouraging to hear how well the existing taps have already been used.
“The council has a strong commitment to reduce plastic in the capital and expanding the number of points people can refill their own bottles will help us eradicate the use of disposable plastic and ultimately tackle climate change in our city.
“These taps make it even easier for us to stay hydrated in a sustainable way when we’re out and about and I know Edinburgh residents will continue to make great use of the new taps once installed.”