Central Okanagan becomes the 50th municipality to take out bottled water



    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
     bottled water
    -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
at www.insidethebottle.org




For further information:

For further information: Joe Cressy, Polaris Institute, (613) 668-5542,
joecressy@polarisinstitute.org

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