CUPE Nova Scotia president calls for ban on bottled water



    HALIFAX, Sept. 22 /CNW/ - The president of CUPE Nova Scotia, Danny
Cavanagh, says the provincial government needs to look at banning the use of
bottled water in schools and other public buildings in this province.
    Cavanagh says, "If the government is really committed to working on our
environmental footprint, let's start with some education aimed at our children
and others that public water is just as good and in fact better and cheaper
and more environmentally friendly."
    Says Cavanagh, "Public water undergoes much testing to ensure its safety.
Bottled water, meanwhile, can cost as much as 500 times that of public water.
Corporations are raking in huge profits for their shareholders from bottled
water, not to mention the environmental cost of making all those bottles.
    "Clean, plentiful and affordable water is the source of life and good
health. Nova Scotians need to understand that water is a human right, a
limited natural resource that is essential to life and health and not a
commodity," he says.
    "The bottled water industry requires massive amounts of fossil fuels to
manufacture and transport bottled water. This is doing nothing to help combat
climate change," says Cavanagh.
    Cavanagh says, "Other communities and governments are banning bottled
water and we can take a lead role in this province. Nova Scotia is seen as a
world leader with recycling and composting and bottled water is just more
garbage that we need to rid ourselves of.
    "We need to stop this wasteful practice and move towards using public
water provided by public sector workers across the province, after all it's
the best," he says.

    (Danny Cavanagh is a provincially certified Level 2 water treatment plant
and water distribution systems operator and is the president of CUPE in Nova
Scotia.)




For further information:

For further information: Danny Cavanagh, President, CUPE Nova Scotia,
(902) 957-0822 (Cell); John McCracken, CUPE Communications Rep., (902)
455-4180 (o)

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