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The City of London upheld its commitment to promote public drinking water by rejecting pressure from the bottled water industry to rescind its 2008 bottled water ban at the city council meeting on February 28.

Dozens of municipalities, universities, colleges and school boards across Canada have taken similar steps to provide accessible drinking water in facilities, promote the quality of municipal drinking water, and phase out the bottle. 

On March 10, they will be joined by thousands of individuals, institutions and organizations to celebrate the second annual Bottled Water Free Day. An initiative of the Canadian Federation of Students, the Canadian Union of Public Employees, the Sierra Youth Coalition, Development & Peace and the Polaris Institute Canada’s second Bottled Water Free Day is a chance to take action to turn on the tap and reject bottled water.

The members of the Bottled Water Free Day coalition applaud the City of London for upholding its ban on bottled water and its pledge to promote access to publicly delivered tap water.

How can you help make Bottled Water Free Day a success?

1. Organize an event in your community and register it to our online event map! 

2.  Join the facebook fan page and invite your contacts as well!

3. Join our Twitter feed or Tweet about us @bottlewaterfree

For more information or to download campaign materials, visit www.bottledwaterfreeday.ca. If you would like help with your bottled water free day event or want to order CUPE leaflets or buttons, please send an e-mail to hfraser@cupe.ca.