Hot Tap Update
The Library is committed to providing instant hot (boiling) water to library users. We know how popular this service is, and since introducing this service in September 2016 we’ve spent over £7k in maintenance and physical updates to keep this running 24/7.
Unfortunately, the Zip tap in its original 2016 format created issues – it wasn’t tall enough for larger cold water containers and the soak away beneath it was not suitable for draining cups. The result of this was a lot of excess water and damage to the counter top from water ingress. We replaced this original installation in November 2017 with a ‘new and improved’ hot tap station that featured better drainage for the Zip tap and a brand new sink and cold water dispenser for bottles.
Sadly the current tap station and cabinet has also succumbed to damage caused by high levels of use and water ingress from frequent spills. Most recently, Zip tap control circuits have been damaged by water.
The Library has gone back to first principles with Estates and a plumbing specialist. We’ll be installing a more robust “Mark 3” sink and wall mounted tap unit and a separate drinking water fountain and bottle filler in the near future, date TBC. In the meantime, Estates are working to seal and make safe the existing unit in the hope that a service can be reinstated. UPDATE 16/4/19: Service with the existing Zip tap has been reinstated
We apologise for the interruption of service, but we are committed to reinstating safe hot water provision in the near future.
First incarnation awaiting update