Municipalities aren’t the only bodies considering bottled water bans: now schools are in on the action. The Orangeville Citizen reports that the Upper Grand District School Board in Guelph, Ont. has confirmed motions regarding the proposed elimination of plastic water bottle sales in school vending machines and cafeterias.
The board’s staff was directed to research and develop a report, including viable alternatives to bottled water, on the impact of a ban on sales in all its facilities.
The report will also include possible scenarios for implementation and will be provided to the board for final decision making no later than next December.
Staff was also directed to ensure that no current contractual obligations that the board has with current suppliers are broken, economically viable alternatives to school water fountains be considered, and that bottled water will continue to be available for other purposes as necessary at individual schools such as water emergencies, field trips, sports days, and other special events.