At the August 10th Council meeting, we will be voting on a motion brought forward by Councillor Elgar and I to restrict the sale of water bottles on all Town property, including parks.
The Town of Oakville has not sold water bottles in its facilities for many years now. Some facilities sell refillable water bottles at about the same price as plastic water bottles. However, we do not restrict sales of water bottles in our parks and at events on Town property.
Our municipal tap water is tested and safe to drink.
Interesting Facts about Bottled Water
- Bottled water isn’t always as safe as tap water – only 6% of bottled water factories were tested between April 2008 and March 2009. (source: Canwest News Service, March 26, 2009)
- Bottled water can cost anywhere from 240 to 10,000 times more than tap water, which is brought right to your home for a fraction of 1¢ ($ 0.01) per litre. (source: Natural Resources Defence Council)
- Toronto consumes an estimated 100 million plastic bottles a year, of which 35% are not recycled. Many plastic bottles still end up in landfills, or worse, as litter in forests, lakes and oceans. (source: CBC News)
- 24 million gallons of oil are needed to produce a billion plastic bottles. If you were to fill one quarter of a plastic water bottle with oil, you would be looking at roughly the amount used to produce that bottle. (sources: greenupgrader.com, National Geographic)
- The Town provides “water bar” refill stations free of charge to groups and organizations, or organizations can use the 10 gallon jugs where water and electricity is not available. Town staff will work with organizers to ensure that municipal tap water is available at events.
For more interesting facts check out Bottle Water Facts by York University
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