Waterloo Region sends a message to water bottlers

    The Region of Waterloo becomes the latest Canadian municipality to
    propose action against bottled water

    TORONTO, Sept. 9 /CNW/ - Environmental Defence congratulated the Planning
and Works Committee of the Region of Waterloo today for taking the first step
towards going bottled water free. The Committee voted unanimously today to
recommend to council a motion that will see the end of single use bottled
water sales in many public facilities.
    Bottled water causes significant environmental damage. First, the
containers are designed for only a single use. Making plastic water bottles
requires considerable energy and resources, including water and oil, and the
manufacturing process releases harmful air emissions and greenhouse gases.
Once used, the bottles litter our streets and despite recycling efforts, large
amounts end up in our landfills.
    The cost of bottled water is often over 1,000 times more expensive than
tap water, yet the cost to water bottlers who take the water in Ontario is
insignificant. Many of the bottled water brands sell water from municipal
water supplies or exhaust groundwater supplies at the expense of other users.
    "A growing number of Canadians are recognizing the environmental impacts
of bottled water and thinking twice before buying it," said Mike Layton,
Project Coordinator for Environmental Defence. "Not only does it destroy the
environment, but it takes a toll on our wallets. People don't need to buy
expensive and unsustainable bottled water when there is an excellent source of
clean water delivered directly to their kitchen sinks and water fountains."
    Municipal water supplies are rigorously tested for chemical and
biological contaminants, while the frequency and testing results for bottled
water are concealed and not publicly available.
    Municipalities across Canada are beginning to take action against bottled
water. The cities of London, Ontario, St. John's, Newfoundland and Nelson,
British Columbia have all passed similar resolutions and the City of Toronto
will be discussing options for curbing bottled water use at public facilities
and events later this fall. The Region of Waterloo motion will soon be
presented to Regional Council for consideration, but it is expected to pass
without difficulty.
    "It is refreshing to see municipal governments taking the first step
towards going bottled water free," said Layton. "We hope that cities and town
across Canada will take similar steps. It's easy and sends a great message to
Canadians and businesses."

    About Environmental Defence (www.environmentaldefence.ca): Environmental
Defence protects the environment and human health. We research solutions. We
educate. We go to court when we have to. All in order to ensure clean air,
clean water and thriving ecosystems nationwide, and to bring a halt to
Canada's contribution to climate change.

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For further information: or to arrange interviews, please contact: Mike
Layton, Environmental Defence, (416) 323-9521 ext 257, (416) 525-5758 (cell)

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