London, Ontario’s City Council has passed a resolution that effectively bans the sale of bottled water within municipal buildings and facilities where municipal water is readily available.
In passing its resolution, London City Council said the importance of promoting city tap water as safe and a bargain compared to bottled water.
London joins a host of other Ontario municipalities that have either limited the use, or are considering limiting the use of bottled water on municipal premises or in schools, including Cambridge, Kitchener, Ottawa, Sault Ste Marie, St. Catharines, Sudbury, Toronto, the Town of the Blue Mountains, and Waterloo.
Concern over the sale and use of bottled water is growing internationally given its cost, the poor recycling rate for single use plastic bottles, and the greenhouse gas emissions associated with manufacturing the bottles and transporting those bottles long distances.
“The City of London’s actions remind us once again that only municipal tap water delivers,” said Nick Benkovich, president of the Ontario Municipal Water Association. “At about one thousand times the cost of municipal water, bottled water is simply not good value for money. Municipal drinking water has to meet a much higher safety standard than bottled water and is delivered at a fraction of the cost.”