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Australian town bans bottled water

July 9, 2009

“A rural town in Australia has voted overwhelmingly to ban the sale of bottled water over concerns about its environmental impact.

Campaigners say Bundanoon, in New South Wales, may be the first community in the world to have such a ban.

They say huge amounts of resources are used to extract, package and transport bottled water.

The discarded plastic bottles then end up as litter or go into landfill sites, the “Bundy on Tap” campaign says.

The BBC’s Nick Bryant in Sydney says locals have promised not to set upon visitors if they ignore the ban, but they will be encouraged to fill a reusable container from water fountains in the main street.”

I think that’s a great idea. It’s what Sue and I did in Rome, just as many locals were doing. If the tap water’s good enough to drink it doesn’t get any better by bottling it, does it? Anyone who has been to countries where the tap water is unsafe to drink must have noticed the empty plastic bottles in the streets, on the beaches – everywhere.

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