Canada’s Catholic District School Board Charges Head-On Towards Banning the Bottle

Published On June 26, 2012 | By Hannah Ellsbury | News

The Canadian Tribune posts the latest on the upcoming development to cease any sale of bottled water within their premises and to show that drinking tap water is the sustainable choice.

WELLAND, CANADA – Disposable plastic water bottles will soon disappear from local Catholic schools.

Niagara Catholic District School Board trustees passed a policy at their board meeting Tuesday night that states the board will no longer sell disposable water on its properties.

Schools have a year to install hydration stations or refit drinking fountains with taller spouts for filling bottles by September 2013.

“We believe and acknowledge there is universal access to potable water that is clean and safe and friendly to the environment,” education director John Crocco said in an interview.

“The water from the tap in Niagara is completely safe.”

Many schools already have hydration stations, and many students and staff members have already switched to reusable water containers on their own.

Crocco said the initiative is another in a long list of environmentally conscious projects the board and individual schools have taken on.

Schools will make reusable bottles available to students, but that does not mean students can’t bring disposable bottles from home. Crocco said students would “certainly” be allowed to use them, they just won’t be sold on school property.

If a water advisory came into effect or municipal water sources are deemed unsafe for any reason, schools would be supplied bottled water until the advisory is lifted.

[via St. Catherines Standard]

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