It’s hard to deny how big a problem single-use plastic waste has become. Businesses in our community are helping address the issue by offering tap water to anyone who drops in asking to refill their water bottle.
Peter Abraham, owner of the Sir John A. MacDonald Restaurant and Pub on Elgin Street, happily signed on to the program recently. Those needing a refill of their reusable water bottle will know by the blueW sticker on the the front window that they're welcome to come in for some high-quality Ottawa tap water.
Photo: Peter Abraham, owner of the Sir John A. MacDonald Restaurant & Pub and Councillor Catherine McKenney (Somerset Ward)
Ottawa Water Study/Action Group (OWSAG) volunteers have been approaching local businesses to get involved in the blueW campaign. All participating businesses are marked on a map at blueW.com, so it’s easy to find your nearest source of drinking water as you go about your day.
The program is a benefit not only to residents, but also to the more than 1 million tourists who visit Ottawa each year, especially during the summer months. Making it easy to find a place to refill a water bottle in the heat and humidity of summer will help visitors stay cool and comfortable while they enjoy all that the city has to offer.
If you’d like to learn more about the campaign and how to get involved, go to https://www.owsagottawa.org/bluew-campaign.html