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Millions spent on bottled water

By Moushumi Chakrabarty     Apr 29, 2009 in Politics
More than $7 million tax dollars have been spent on bottled water by the federal government, according to a report released today.
The report titled, ‘Bottled Watergate: Why is the Federal Government spending millions of tax dollars on bottled water?’ has been released by the Polaris Institute and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Nova Scotia.
According to the Polaris Institute, an Ottawa-based public policy group, this is an absolute waste and not a long-term solution. “Bottled water may serve a purpose in situations where potable drinking water is not available, or in certain emergency situations, but it is not a substitute for the tap nor is it a long-term solution,” says Joe Cressy, Campaigns Coordinator of the Polaris Institute. “The solution is publicly delivered tap water”.
Bottled water is between 240 to 10,000 times more expensive than tap water. The findings showed that 131 separate contracts were awarded to 53 companies to purchase bottled water. According to, NDP MP Bruce Hyer asked for figures on bottled water by department from 2004 to 2008.
Meanwhile, the Council of Canadians and the CUPE is set to launch a ‘Blue Communities Project’ tour of the Atlantic provinces in Halifax to promote banning of bottled water, water as a human right and municipal opposition to private-public partnerships.
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