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CUPE and the Council of Canadians are working together to protect and promote public water through a new “Blue Communities” project.

The project gives community activists tools to “paint the town blue” by working with municipal governments to:

  • Recognize water as a human right
  • Promote publicly financed, owned and operated water and wastewater services
  • Ban the sale of bottled water in public facilities and at municipal events

Just in time for CUPE locals planning World Water Day activities, there’s a campaign guide with resources and tips for community activists and leaders to resist privatization, promote water as a human right and ban the sale of bottled water in public spaces.

Blue Communities is a focus for Water Watch activists across the country. The project builds on a decade of Water Watch work in coalition with many other groups to protect public water services and resources.

Watch for information about CUPE and the Council’s plans to celebrate Water Watch’s 10th birthday later this year. And get involved with the movement to promote water as a public resource and a human right in your municipality.

If there isn’t an active Water Watch committee in your area, consider setting one up in coalition with other labour, environmental and social justice activists.

To connect with Council of Canadians activists in your community, contact a regional organizer.