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THE sleepy Southern Highlands hamlet of Bundanoon has voted to ban bottled water, just hours after the New South Wales Government announced its own H2O boycott.
At a community meeting tonight, Bundanoon locals overwhelmingly supported the Australia-first ban on commercially bottled water, already agreed to by businesses in the town.
Local businessman and Bundy on Tap organiser Huw Kingston said almost 400 people turned up to the Bundanoon Memorial Hall, with only two casting dissenting votes.
The voluntary ban has been triggered by concerns about the carbon footprint associated with bottling and transporting the water.
Free water fountains will be installed in the NSW village, southwest of Sydney, to replace the bottled H2O.
"It was the biggest ever turnout in the community here at Bundanoon - it's overwhelming support,'' Mr Kingston said.
Washington University in St. Louis’ ban of bottled water, beginning this semester, has spurred discussion about bottled water on Cornell’s campus — should Cornell jump on the ban-wagon?
“Cornell banning bottled water would be a great step in the direction of sustainability. Given the right incentives and proper distribution of information, I think that the student body could really support the decision [for a universal ban],” Sarah Sy ‘11 said.
Originally posted by Turd Fergusson
reply to post by helen670
I've read in the past (no source at hand, though) that most companies use untreated tap water. Aquafina is made from tap water, albeit (barely) "treated."
(I'm particularly cynical about marketing/labeling and wouldn't trust companies any more than I do politicians, so I may be biased )
Or maybe its because they want more people getting hooked on the flouride!
Originally posted by Nineteen
The reason the people of the town voted against bottled water is because a bottled water company wants to come and drain water from Bundanoon's water-table and the locals don't want a bar of it and nether would anyone in their own backyard. This is the sort of activity that brings salt degradation and the government shouldn't allow it anyway. So much for calling bottled water "spring" water...
As for the State government response it may just be a matter of setting an example to people that tap water is fit to drink. People should think about purifying their water at home and then taking that with them rather than wasting money on bottled water of questionable quality.
Originally posted by elfie
then it's probably a sound idea and sets a good example.
Originally posted by elfie
I hope it wouldn't lead to an all out ban.
Originally posted by swinggal
Sigh...I don't buy bottled water anyway and filter my own at home. I couldn't care less if they ban bottled water. Easy enough to filter all the crap out yourself.
There is a strong lobby in Australia to fluoridate water, despite the fact that 98% of western European countries have discontinued it, including Germany, Belgium, France and most of England. Furthermore, the practise of fluoridation has been firmly denounced by many prominent scientists, including Dr J. William Hirzy, a senior member of the US Environmental Protection Agency, and Nobel prize-winner Dr Arvid Carlsson.