According to a news report in the Toronto Star, the Waterloo Region board has banned the sale of plastic bottles of water in its schools starting next year because of concerns surrounding the chemical bisphenol A.

The decision covers cafeterias, vending machines, and school and board functions and is expected to spur others across the province into action. The article noted, however, that the rules don’t forbid students from bringing bottled water from their own homes.

Board staff will prepare a report on how to eliminate all sales of bottled water in its schools and buildings by September 2009, the article said.

Details at www.thestar.com

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