British Columbia’s municipal leaders voted, overwhelmingly, in favour of a ‘Blue Communities’ resolution at the Union of British Columbia Municipalities conference.
Initiated by the Burnaby City Council, this resolution shows dedication from municipalities all over the province to support the idea of developing more Blue Communities.
There are three things a municipality must do in order to be recognized as a Blue Community. First they must recognize water as a human right. Secondly, ban the sales of bottled water in public facilities and at municipal events. And lastly, commit to promoting publicly financed, owned and operated water and wastewater services.
The Blue Communities initiative is a joint venture between the Council of Canadians and CUPE. Two B.C. communities have already become Blue Communities – Burnaby and Victoria.