A LARGE number of Bendigoians are in favour of the installation of more water bottle refilling stations in the city's central business district.
A survey conducted by action group BendiGO TAP asked 76 locals whether they preferred standalone water refill stations and refills combined with fountains, or the more traditional bubblers.
About 94 per cent of those surveyed voted in favour of standalone refill stations, with only six per cent preferring the more traditional bubblers.
Action group co-ordinator Ann Lansberry said the group had suspected people would want more water bottle refill stations in the city.
"We are delighted with the results," she said.
"We interviewed local people, people who are familiar with the area.
"It was great to get such a positive response from local people."
Ms Lansberry said the group was seeking to encourage tap water in a bid to reduce the consumption of bottled water.
"Lots of people want to do the right thing and drink tap water when they are out and about.
"But they need places to refill their water bottles.
"Traditional bubblers just don't work - they are very difficult to use."
Ms Lansberry said the results would be brought before the City of Greater Bendigo council and local councillors.
"We will definitely be taking these results to council and councillors," she said.
"We will say thanks for the water bubblers but times are changing and people want to refill their water bottles properly."
Ms Lansberry said the survey also asked people to identify the key areas in Bendigo where they would like more refill stations.
She said the group asked survey participants to point out on a map of the CBD where they would like to see water stations and drinking fountains.
She said the results included Hargreaves Mall, the Bendigo Station, Rosalind Park and the Civic Gardens.
"I am not surprised with the results of the locations," she said.
"They are the main gathering points that people find themselves wanting to refill their water bottles."
Ms Lansberry said Bendigo had among the best tasting and safest tap water in the world.
She said there was a water bubbler in Hargreaves Mall but it was very difficult to spot.
"We should be urging people to drink tap water with big signs that point to where they are," she said.
"Bendigo's water is great - we should be proud of it."