Bottled Water Ban Initiated at Australian Hospital

Published On August 8, 2011 | By Tomás Bosque | News

Australia’s Mater Hospital will get rid of plastic water bottles this month and hopes other private hospitals will follow suit.

Patients at the hospital are usually given at least”two plastic water bottles every day, but will now have to make do with jugs of “good, old-fashioned tap water”, the hospital’s environmental stewardship manager Kylee Carpenter told Australia’s Daily News.

The ban will result in a saving of about 230,000 bottles a year.

She said while the focus was to make the hospital more environmentally friendly, the ban would also “obviously result in huge financial savings”.

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She said tap water was about 2000 times cheaper than bottled water, but just as good.

“There are no safety concerns related to serving tap water to patients,” she said.

Bottled water will still be available for sale in the hospital cafeteria.

Ms Carpenter said while “nine out of 10” public hospitals served tap water only because of the huge expense of bottled water, The Mater would become one of “very, very few” private Sydney hospitals to make the move away from bottles.

She said they were in the process of getting jugs and glasses for the hospitals, and hoped plastic water bottles would be off the menu by the end of this month.

[via Mosman Daily]

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2 Responses to Bottled Water Ban Initiated at Australian Hospital

  1. Ron says:

    amazing savings… i can’t imagine what benefits there are to plastic bottles that outweigh tap in the face of those savings

  2. Lancelot says:

    I reside in Jamaica West Indies. We have a serious problem with waste drinking water bottles. Too often, these bottles are improperly discarded into the rain water runoff channels. With heavy and prolonged rainfall these runoff channels generate great water flow. These torrents make their way to the ocean and take with them the unnatural debris.

    The junk comes to rest on the beaches with much of it being launched into the ocean by the force at which the runoff water channels expels its load. The waste has served to destroy some reefs. Also fishing in the affected fish breathing areas have been negatively affected.

    We have been collecting these plastics however we have no recycling organization in the Caribbean to accept and recycle them.

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