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Outback water bubbler trials target soft drinks

Date posted: 29 March 2012

A federal government department will trial water bubblers in five central Australian communities in an effort to reduce soft drink consumption. High-sugar drinks can cause diabetes and renal disease, as well as dental problems.

Now, an Indigenous mining royalties fund has granted $150,000 to the Indigenous Affairs Department for the water project. The money will go to installing chilled water taps in five communities to see whether it discourages people drinking soft drinks. The cost of installation and maintenance will be part of the pilot program.

The trials will take place in Areyonga, Harts Range, Docker River, Kintore and Utopia.

Source: ABC news

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Last updated: 29 March 2012
 
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