Fountains of youth in Javea 

DRINKING FOUNTAINS: Deciding where they should go  Photo credit: Javea town hall 

JAVEA’s Vicente Tena primary school has now been an active member of Nostaltres Proposem (We Propose) for a year. 
Eliminating plastic, supporting the public water system and taking action inside the town are the results of the school’s first 12 months in programme. 
Pascual Ladron de Guevara from AmjasaJavea’s municipally-owned water concessionary, visited the school after pupils suggested installing more drinking fountains would reduce the need to buy bottled water and the accumulation of yet more plastics.  
These were especially necessary in the places most-frequented by young people, the pupils pointed out, and De Guevara confirmed that work is about to start on installing fountains. 
These will be located in the town’s state schools where needed, as well as in Paseo del Arenal, Parque de la Plaza Xativa, the municipal sports centre, Camp de las Mezquides, Parque Calistenia adjoining the River Gorgos, Portal del Clot and Plaza de la Constitucion. 
As well as the drinking fountain initiative, the pupils are also working on a project to restore the old Central Cinema. 
Now municipally-owned, the once-emblematic cinema has been empty and unused for years, and the pupils want to see this converted into a youth leisure centre. 
In turn this will help to reactivate commerce and activities in Javea’s Old Town, they said. 

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