The Ottawa Water Study/Action Group is excited to be partnering with blueW this fall to get your favourite community businesses to promote tap water!
blueW is a unique community-based program dedicated to promoting municipal tap water as a healthy, easily accessible alternative to purchasing sugary, bottled drinks. blueW provides mapped details on where to find clean, free public and commercial sources to fill your reusable bottle without compelling people to make additional purchases.
blueW is a growing network of over 27,000 shops, restaurants and public spaces where people can refill their water bottles with safe, clean tap water – helping people to make healthier choices for hydration, avoid single-use plastic, and to appreciate the hard work of municipal water providers.
blueW has worked directly with more than 60 communities to help promote tap water, with residents and visitors calling blueW “the new drinking fountain” because our free online directory of tap water refill locations ensures simple access to water in public areas, replacing the need for costly, high maintenance drinking fountain installations.
Community participation is the most important part of blueW. By helping in your neighbourhood to sign up new blueW refill locations you help reduce plastic bottle waste, support the hard work of local municipal water suppliers, make water more accessible to the public, raise awareness about water issues, and help your community achieve its sustainability goals.
We need your help to promote this in your community (see below for an overview of the process). If you’re willing to get involved, send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how to start. More information will be coming out in September on OWSAG's website.
If you would like more information about blueW, please contact the blueW Program Director – Evan Pilkington at email@example.com, (226) 979-0166, www.bluew.org. Stay tuned!
Blue W Fact Sheet
Goal : Promote municipal tap water
Tactic : Get cooperating stores to serve as “virtual water fountains”
1. Obtain instructions and Blue W stickers from www.BlueW.org or www.owsagottawa.org (coming this fall!).
2. Enter a potential store (which has a water tap) and ask if they would refill your re-usable water container.
3. If yes, then ask if they would like to make this a policy (explaining advantages).
4. If yes, then offer them a Blue W sticker and register them.
5. Offer to help them to post sticker at door entrance and answer any further questions.