OTTAWA, June 1 /CNW Telbec/ - On May 28, 2009 the Central Okanagan
Regional District Board became the 50th municipality (and the 33rd in 2009) to
implement municipal restrictions on bottled water in Canada.
"From Toronto to Vancouver, in big cities and rural towns, municipalities
are taking out bottled water and re-investing in water fountains," says Joe
Cressy, Campaigns Coordinator of the Polaris Institute.
In March 2009 the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) passed a
resolution urging "all municipalities to phase out the sale and purchase of
bottled water at their own facilities".
"Bottled water is a redundant product. It is more expensive than
gasoline, 2000 times more energy intensive than tap water, and not adequately
regulated," explained Tony Clarke, author of Inside the Bottle.
Bottled Water Backlash:
-50 municipalities from 8 provinces and 1 territory have restrictions on
-6 school boards have implemented restrictions on bottled water
-32 Colleges and Universities have established bottled water free zones
List of Municipalities: The complete list of municipalities is available
For further information:
For further information: Joe Cressy, Polaris Institute, (613) 668-5542,