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Toronto Mayor signs the Council’s ‘tap waterpledge’

Great news today! Toronto Mayor David Miller has signed the Council of Canadians ‘tap water pledge’.

It only takes a moment to do this, so please add your name today at http://canadians.org/water/issues/World_Water_Day/petition/index.php.

By adding his name, the mayor of Canada’s largest city has pledged “to support publicly-owned and delivered water by drinking tap water instead of bottled water for the following reasons: Water is a human right and a public resource; Canada has one of the best public drinking water systems in the world and municipal tap water is safer, healthier and more regulated than bottled water; Bottled water requires massive amounts of fossil fuels to manufacture and transport, and it takes three to five litres of water to produce a one litre plastic bottle of water; Bottled water companies use municipal water sources, groundwater and surface water, when over one-quarter of Canadian municipalities have faced water shortages in recent years; Bottled water creates excessive amounts of physical waste when communities in Canada face a waste management crisis.”

Mayor Miller’s website notes that, “In November 2003, Torontonians chose David Miller as their new mayor and in November, 2006 he was re-elected for a second four-year term.” It also highlights that he has, “worked to make Toronto a world-leading city on environmental issues and on June 4, 2008 he was appointed chair of the influential C40 Group of World Cities leading the fight against Climate Change.”

You can read more at http://www.toronto.ca/mayor_miller/index.htm.

Again, as a Council of Canadians activist, please be sure to join Mayor David Miller and others and take the ‘tap water pledge’ today by going to http://canadians.org/water/issues/World_Water_Day/petition/index.php.

You can also show your support for public tap water and join our tap water supporters’ gallery by sending a photo of yourself drinking a glass of water. Mayor Miller has sent us his picture and you will soon be able to see that picture and hopefully many more – including your own photo! – on our website. You can send us your photo by e-mail at bluecommunities@canadians.org