Bottled Water in the news

August 21, 2008

Healthy Environment

The issue of bottled water has been in the news alot lately.  Just this week, the City of London banned the sale of bottled water from all City-owned facilities.  Our staff have also been considering this issue in light of local interest.  They are working towards making the new City Hall a “municipal water facility” (or “bottled water free”) as a first step in a broader corporate-wide program to encourage the use of municipal water over bottled water.


Safety, quality, affordability, and waste minimization are key factors in this issue.


Safety – In 2007, our staff conducted more than 18,000 microbiological and chemical tests on our water supply to ensure its quality and safety for drinking.


Quality – In addition to our highly dedicated staff, we start with some of the best and highest quality groundwater in Canada (no lake water in our drinking supply).


Affordability – You can fill a standard 500 ml plastic bottle with municipal water almost 1700 times for the same price as buying just one bottle in the store.


Waste minimization – Reducing the waste we generate is a key recommendation proposed in the draft Waste Management Master Plan.  This is an area where we can make a big difference. According to the Polaris Institute, approximately 70,000,000 PET bottles end up being dumped in North American landfills every year.  In 2007 the City of Guelph recycling facilities processed a total of 82 tonnes of plastic bottles (1.8 million lbs). Of that amount, it is estimated that 40% originated from the City of Guelph with the 60 % originating from other areas of the Province.

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3 Comments on “Bottled Water in the news”

  1. Geoff wheeler Says:

    I would just like to say that I support a ban on bottled water in city owned facilities 100%.

    It seems especially ridiculous to be spending the money on bottled water considering that it’s coming out of our watershed already. If I was really that desperate to drink water from Aberfolye I’d make the trip down there (using up expensive gas which is still cheaper than bottled water) and drink it from a tap myself.

  2. shannon lee Says:

    So when does that ban come into effect??? why do things that make so much sense take so long to implement? Furthermore if we could take the “municipal water facility” one step further, and be truly innovative by promoting a “water bottle fill station” open to the public in the lobby of city hall (isn’t there already a drinking fountain in the lobby at the current city hall).
    how lovely it would be for citizens to know their thirst can be quenched by a municipal government that recognizes water as a life sustaining human right and not a wasteful commodity!

  3. Doug Says:

    I see that Starbucks is selling bottled water in order to ensure clean drinking water for Africa.
    5 cents of the $2.50 they charge for this stuff goes to some outfit promoting clean water for Africa.
    How generous!
    By the way, it is Starbucks policy to allow water taps to run non stop all day during business hours.
    Concerned about the environment my ass!

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