The City of Toronto has broken new ground in the fight against bottled water by banning the sale and distribution of bottled water on city premises. The city has not only banned an environmentally destructive product, it has committed itself to ensuring access to tap water in all city facilities. Although a number of cities are taking steps to discourage the purchase and use of bottled water, Toronto’s is the most comprehensive municipal plan yet enacted.
Tony Clarke, the executive director of the Polaris Institute in Ottawa and author of the book, Inside the Bottle. www.insidethebottle.org, has been a leading figure in this fight. For more, see this recently article in the Toronto Star.