The Metropolitan Drinking Fountain and Cattle Trough Association was established in 1859.
The objectives of the Association are to promote the provision of drinking water for people and animals in the United Kingdom and Overseas and the preservation of the Association’s archive materials, artefacts, drinking fountains, cattle troughs and other installations.
This is the Association's website which is designed to assist in making grant applications for schools drinking fountains, restoration work, overseas projects to supply clean water and to provide a deeper understanding of the work and history of the association.
Fountains were erected by the Association and passed to local authorities to maintain and keep supplied with potable water. In the event that the local authority does not fulfil its obligations the Association requires the fountain or trough to be returned. Such items belong to the Association and should not be offered for sale. They remain the property of the Association and if informed, it will arrange for the collection with the intention to restore and relocate where the facility is still needed.