We had a fantastic World Water Day Celebration yesterday. Youth and OWSAG members Adam Guzman-Poole and Lilia Fick coordinated a "Our Water Story" area where people were asked to share their water story. Read the inspiring and impactful messages that were shared!
OWSAG had a fantastic World Water Day Celebration yesterday! Thank you to the more than 80 people who came out for the water ceremony, talks by former councillors Diane Holmes and Clive Doucet, OWSAG co-founder Eric Schiller and youth Adam Guzman-Poole and Lilia Fick as well as singing by the Raging Grannies.
The Ottawa Citizen reported, "Clive Doucet, Diane Holmes and about 50 supporters of the Ottawa Water Study/Action Group called on the city to do a better job of promoting municipal water and reducing the amount of plastic bottles generated as waste."
CBC reported, "[Diane] Holmes says tap water is routinely tested for quality, unlike unregulated bottled water, but the city does little to promote the quality product available at the nearest sink."
For World Water Day, two former city Councillors, students, and water experts will be petitioning City Hall to do what other cities have done and start the removal of single use plastics from city facilities. Read about OWSAG's World Water Celebration below.
Join the Ottawa Water Study/Action Group for
a World Water Day Celebration at City Hall!
The action will be a surprise but we promise you it'll make a splash on World Water Day!
Click here for the Facebook event.
The Ottawa Study/Action Group (OWSAG) is disturbed by the Canadian Food and Inspection Agency's report that found that bottled water sold smelled of urine, old socks and diarrhea.
CBC reported, "Dasani, owned by Coca-Cola; Real Canadian natural spring water, owned by Loblaws, one of Canada's largest grocery-store chains; and Refreshe spring water, from the Safeway grocery chain, are just some of the brands whose water has been hit with complaints over foul smells, tastes or unusually high levels of sulphur, the reports said."
Narcity flagged that "Canadians all across the country have been complaining for years" about the smells.