Have I been wrong about this councillor?
Mayor Larry O’Brien has proclaimed next week as “Drinking Water Week”. He has done so because the quality of Ottawa tap water is so high, that more people should be drinking it. Therefore to raise awareness of this fact, the Mayor has declared next week as a week to drink more tap water. City Council will also vote on spending $1.1M (0.1% property tax increase) over 5 years and buy two watermobiles that will be at festivals and events around Ottawa promoting Ottawa water.
It is purely coincidental I presume that water consumption is down dramatically in Ottawa. This has resulted in the city being force to raise water rates and impose new usage fees just to help close the gap between projected and real revenues.
Also coincidentally, a certain portion of this city council has been trying to ban the sale of water in plastic bottles at City Hall as was recently done in other cities like Toronto and London. A number of institutions have also banned plastic bottle sales all in the name of environmental greening. Plastics are not good for the environment.
But clearly, the convenience of plastic water bottles is a tough trend to curb. And with summer approaching, the purchase of water in plastic bottles will spike and you know what? It’s all foreign water in those bottles. Buying water from vending machines flies in the face of City Hall’s the goal of getting people to drink more Ottawa produced water.
So, here’s an idea. Instead of fighting the water bottle fashion and instead of the city SPENDING money to promote and give away water via the watermobile, why doesn’t the city get on the bandwagon and bottle Ottawa water and sell it? It can get a trendy local company like the designers of UMM Magazine to come up with a funky bottle and turn this into a money-making venture for Ottawa. If this is successful, it would ease the pressure on the ratepayers of Ottawa as well.
Excuse me one second…
What? Someone has already proposed this idea? Four years ago? Who is this visionary genius?