Owen Sound Takes After a Bottled Water Free Community
Owen Sound is now a step closer to becoming a “Blue Community.”
Liz Zetlin, representing a group of local residents, asked city council Monday night to adopt a water commons framework that recognizes water as a human right, promotes publicly financed, owned and operated water and waste water systems and bans the sale of bottled water in public facilities and at municipal events.
“Becoming a Blue Community raises awareness of local and global water issues,” Zetlin told city council.
She presented council members with a sample resolution that would declare Owen Sound a Blue Community, which is a joint initiative of the Council of Canadians and Canadian Union of Public Employees.
Council voted to send the sample motion to the city’s operations advisory committee for discussion and refinement.
“I think we are a Blue Community and I think we would be really showing some leadership by adopting a resolution that is tailored to our community,” said Coun. Colleen Purdon.
Mayor Deb Haswell said the city has already banned the sale of bottled water at city facilities. She asked staff to ensure the ban is being followed.