Crowds urged to sip tap water, not bottled – Metro US

Crowds urged to sip tap water, not bottled

The Olympic crowds should be encouraged to drink tap water, say the Council of Canadians and one of the country’s biggest unions.

Yesterday they launched a campaign in downtown Vancouver to promote the city’s drinking water over the Dasani line of bottled water being sold by official Games sponsor Coca-Cola.

“We want to let the public know that tap water is more environmentally friendly and easier on the pocket as well,” said Harjap Grewal, spokesperson for the Council of Canadians. “We want to challenge the current status quo.”

While this recent tap-water campaign has gained steam due to Vancouver’s hosting of the Olympics, both groups have been working with local municipalities and schools on tap-water initiatives for years.

“We’ve been interested for a long time in keeping tap-water services public,” said Robin Roff, spokesperson for the Canadian Union of Public Employees. “We’ve been working for over a decade on it.”

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