County program to phase out plastic water bottles outlined
Lanark County Council has accepted a report outlining a program to phase out the sale of bottled water at municipal facilities throughout Lanark County.
At the recent public works committee meeting, Climate Environmental Coordinator Michelle Vala explained the program aligns with the Blue Communities Project, which encourages municipalities to “support the idea of a water commons framework by passing resolutions that recognize water and sanitation as human rights, ban or phase out the sale of bottled water in municipal facilities and at municipal events, and promote publicly financed, owned and operated water and wastewater services.”
Vala said the proposed plan would start with discussions with the Climate Action Committee once it is formed, which would include representatives from each local municipality and Smiths Falls. Once the committee develops strategies, they would be taken to the local municipalities for discussion and feedback, followed by finalization and implementation of the plan to phase out the sale of bottled water in municipalities and at municipal events.
Warden Christa Lowry (Mississippi Mills Mayor) brought the project idea forward for consideration. “This is an opportunity for municipalities to try to make a difference.”
The report is being circulated to all local municipal clerks.