Council to reduce bottled water use and takes first step toward new installing new generation of water fountains

Media Release

23 July 2009

Marrickville Council voted at its last meeting to reduce the use of bottled water at its facilities and events, and will get a report into the cost of installing modern filtered water fountains in public areas throughout thelocal government area to provide an alternative to bottled water.

A modern filtered water in the Manly Corso

A modern filtered water in the Manly Corso

“The Greens are very pleased that Marrickville Council will show leadership in reducing the use of bottled water at Council events,” said Greens Councillor Max Phillips.

“It is a small but important step in the direction of a more sustainable Inner West.

“The Greens are very excited that Council will look to install modern filtered water fountains in highly trafficked public areas in our suburbs.

“If we are to reduce the use of plastic bottled water, then providing cold filtered water absolutely free to the public is a good move.

“Bottled water is an unnecessary product in most instances and environmental disaster. Not only does it use 200 millilitres of oil to produce each bottle, but it also creates greenhouse pollution in the transportation of this heavy product.

“Plastic water bottles are a menace in terms of litter, landfill and pollution of our rivers and oceans, and harm to marine ecosystems.

bottle on road“Australians drink 500 billion litres of bottled water each year. This is environmentally unsustainable and irresponsible.

“It is a pity the Labor Party played politics with the motion. Labor seem incapable of voting for any motion The Greens put up in Marrickville Council, no matter how meritorious. I’m glad that the strength of the ideas and arguments won the day – albeit in a ‘round-about way.”

Contact: Max Phillips 0419 444 916

Read the motion put by The Greens.

Read this blog post on bottled water and Marrickville Council.

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