Logan from Bendigo enjoys the new drinking fountain at Lake Weeroona.

Bendigo locals will have better access to free water this summer with the installation of six new water fountains thanks to a grant from the state government.

The fountains are being installed as part of a partnership between City of Greater Bendigo, the state government and VicHealth to ensure locals get access to free, healthy, fresh water at popular sport and recreation areas such as Lake Weeroona.

The new fountains will also include a tap for refilling water bottles in an effort to reduce the amount of single-use plastic bottles being used in the area.

Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards said the government was pleased to partner with the council and VicHealth to help make the healthy choice the easy choice for locals.

“It’s really important we stay hydrated, particularly as the weather heats up and we’re out and about getting active,” Ms Edwards said.

“We want to encourage locals to choose tap water instead of sugary drinks. Water is great for us, free and now even more accessible.”

VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter said the new fountains were part of an effort to make water the drink of choice in Greater Bendigo.

“There’s a common misconception that we need to drink sports drinks when we’re getting active to rehydrate when actually water is the best choice,” Ms Rechter said.

“A standard 600 millilitre sports drink contains a whopping 11 teaspoons of sugar. Too much sugar in our diets can lead to a range of health issues such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.”

Three new water fountains have been installed at Lake Weeroona, one at Weeroona Oval and two at North Bendigo Oval.