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.
Excellent news! A motion calling for the elimination of single-use plastics including plastic bottle and styrofoam was passed by Ottawa City Council on June 26, 2019. Watch these videos of former councillor Diane Holmes and OWSAG member Adam Guzman-Poole on their reactions after the vote.
The week before representatives of OWSAG, Water Care Allies of First United Church and Zero Waste Ottawa made presentations in support of the motion at the Envronment Committee. OWSAG also delivered nearly 2000 signatures for the Bottled Water Declaration calling for a phase out of single use plastic bottled water. Thanks to all our supporters who signed and shared the Declaration over the last six months!
OWSAG is organizing an action on September 13 with groups like Ecology Ottawa, Extinction Rebellion, Zero Plastic, Greenpeace, the Green Party and Climate Strike to continue educating residents on the impacts of single-use plastics.
Please continue to collect used plastic bottles during the summer. plan to bring your bottles and join us on Friday, September 13. Email us if you have any questions. Stay tuned for more details!
Great breaking news! A motion calling for the elimination of single-use plastics including plastic bottle and styrofoam was passed unanimously by the Ottawa City Council Environmental committee on June 18, 2019.
Representatives of OWSAG, Water Care Allies of First United Church and Zero Waste Ottawa made presentations in support of the motion. OWSAG also delivered nearly 2000 signatures for the Bottled Water Declaration calling for a phase out of single use plastic bottled water. Thanks to all our supporters who signed and shared the Declaration over the last six months!
The motion will come up for a vote at the full meeting of Ottawa City Council on Wednesday June 26 at 10 am.
Now is the time to write you city councillor about this. Use our template letter here to send a letter to your councillor!
On Tuesday, June 18 at 9:30 a.m., an important motion will be put to the Ottawa City Council environmental committee. It will request three things:
(a) that the present contract with Coca Cola to sell single-use plastic beverage bottles in municipal buildings NOT be renewed;
(b) that in the future, the sale of all single-use plastic bottles be eliminated from Municipal buildings and;
(c) that more funding be allocated to promote Ottawa’s excellent municipal tap water.
It is expected that this motion will then come up for approval by the full Ottawa City Council on Wednesday, June 26
at 9:30 a.m.
Here's how you can take action and support this important motion:
1) Contact your own city councillor by letter, email or phone, requesting them to support this motion. Check out the guidelines and sample letter below to assist.
2) You can attend the June 18 Environmental committee meeting and speak to this motion (5 min.). To register to speak, send an email request to: Christopher.Zweirzchowski@ottawa.ca Also, if you send an email message to your councillor, copy your message to Christopher Zweirzchowski.
3) You can also attend the full council meeting on Wednesday, June 26. We cannot make presentations then, but we can show our support by our attendance.
And be sure to sign the Bottled Water Declaration if you haven't already. We will be delivering the signatures that day!
The Ottawa Water Study/Action Group is organizing a Plastic Dump on September 13. We need your help to collect used plastic bottles. Bring them to this fun and creative action at 12pm at the entrance of Parliament Hill. Thank you and stay tuned for more details!