By Eric Schiller
Today I went into two food stores, Loblaws and Metro. I have never been so overwhelmed by the amount of bottled water on sale. It was at the entrance. It was on the shelves. Then as you left, the shelves were lined with more bottled water. The average cost of was 8 – 10 cents/bottle.
These stores seemed to be having water sales. They were competing to see who could sell the most. They make money and the environment suffers and we suffer, since excellent quality municipal tap water is readily available at only 0.25 cents/litre.
However, public opinion is slowly waking up. Maybe because of this, there is a glut in the system. I would hope so. We do know that as public awareness increases, the water corporations are fighting back. Their lobby group, the Canadian Bottled Water Association (CBWA) is lobbying Ottawa city council as public resistance grows.
Be sure to sign the Bottled Water Declaration calling on Ottawa City Council to stop the sale of single-use plastic bottled water and promote its own high quality tap water instead!
Eric Schiller is a founding member of OWSAG and a retired University of Ottawa civil engineering professor.