Aussie town officially stops sale of bottled water
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Last Updated: Sunday, September 27, 2009, 18:05
Bundanoon (Australia): A small town in the Southern Highlands of Australia has launched an initiative to halt the sale of commercially bottled water, a move that has drawn attention both in the country and abroad.

Under Bundanoon's "Bundy on Tap" programme, local retailers have voluntarily agreed to stop selling plastic bottled water and residents will now use refillable water bottles to fill up with water locally sourced at water stations around the town.

Organizers are presenting Bundanoon, a community of some 2,000 people located 150 kilometers southwest of Sydney, as "Australia's first bottled water free town" and "possibly the world's first."

"Here in Bundanoon, our aim is to show the Australian and global community that we no longer have to pay the financial and environmental cost of bottled water," local resident and program spokesman Huw Kingston said.

Kingston was instrumental in instigating the grassroots venture when he wrote an article that criticized the community's opposition to a water extraction plant that was being built near the town.

Norlex Holdings, the company behind the water extraction site, had planned to drill into an underground water bore and then bottle the water and resell it to the community.

In July, the community voted overwhelmingly to ban the sale of bottled water during a town meeting.

The town does not plan to extend the ban to all plastic bottled drinks, however, describing that suggestion as "unrealistic."

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, September 27, 2009, 18:05

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