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Is saving tax payers money & our environment a good enough reason for Canadian cities Ottawa & Nova Scotia to ban plastic bottled water?

THE Canadian province of Manitoba has banned water bottles from all of its offices to encourage drinking of tap water, winning praise from ecologists.

"We believe by taking this step we are leading by example and encouraging Manitobans to move away from using single-use bottled water," Manitoba Conservation Minister Bill Blaikie said.

The new policy bans the use of provincial funds to buy single-use bottled water in plastic containers with less than one litre of water when tap water that is safe for drinking is reasonably accessible.

Ecologists immediately praised the move, saying that the production, transport and recycling of single-use water bottles wastes energy and produces unnecessary carbon emissions.

Manitoba is the second Canadian province to enact a water bottle ban, after Nova Scotia.
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    Jun 11 2011: Feel dehydrated no longer, Washington.

    Earlier this month, a company called TapIt launched a water-bottle-refilling network in DC. The idea is simple: Pop in to a TapIt partner location, and you can refill your reusable water bottle for free.

    TapIt launched in 2009 in New York City and quickly gained steam—the program was popular among busy (and thirsty) urbanites on the go. Other cities took notice: “What was really surprising was the interest across the country and around the world,” says Will Schwartz, TapIt’s campaign director. The concept has since expanded to cities in 22 states, plus DC. TapIt will add Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Copenhagen to its network later this year.

    Read more:
    http://www.washingtonian.com/blogarticles/health/wellbeing/19774.html?msg=99

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