World Water Day, 2017

Happy World Water Day

This Globe and Mail story captures the reasons Water for Riley believes in public drinking fountains, and the importance of access to drinking water in public spaces.

Celebrate Water every day

Here’s an excerpt of the article, which should be read in full. Thank you, Globe and Mail and Corey Mintz.

“Stuck on the bottle”



“… people actually paid for water taken from public sources and put into disposable bottles.

… That’s nuts.

Most Canadians have access to free-flowing tap water that’s clean, fresh and safe. So why, wonders Corey Mintz, does the bottled water industry make $2.5-billion in annual sales?

Most Canadians have perfectly good water pouring out of our taps, and drinking it doesn’t require the wasteful practice of shipping plastic bottles around the country or world.  …

March 22 is World Water Day, so it seemed like a good time to consider why we spend billions every year on a product that is virtually free for most. … Here’s a short list of reasons why people in Canada are – or aren’t – drinking bottled water right now.

Because: It’s a fashion statement

Because: It’s forbidden

In 2009, Bundanoon, Australia, became the first municipality in the world to ban the sale of single-use bottled water, followed by Concord, Mass., in 2013 (the ban is still in effect in both towns). Around the world, dozens of campuses have eliminated bottled water for sale. …

Because: Public access is limited

My neighbourhood park has a water fountain, but it doesn’t work. For Mike Nagy of Wellington Water Watchers, that broken fountain is indicative of a larger problem: that fewer and fewer public facilities provide free water, and fewer and fewer people expect it.

Because: They fear tap water

Some people drink bottled water for aspirational reasons, but others believe it’s safer than tap. Well, Health Canada is in charge of such things and states that the quality standards of tap and bottled water are “similar.”

No government body is in charge of testing bottled water, which is classified as food and subject to the Food and Drugs Act.

Because: It’s a necessity

For Indigenous people in Canada, drinkable tap water is too often unavailable: There are 618 First Nations in the country and on any given day, 150 of them are under a Boil Water Advisory. …

… The truth is, to drink the bottled stuff when one has access to clean tap water is simply indefensible – financially unsound, environmentally wasteful and just plain wrong.”

You can be part of the solution. Help plant this beautiful and functional drinking fountain in Riley Park.  Water for Riley celebrates public access to drinking water, supports public art, promotes outdoor activity, and helps create a sustainable local environment.

Reflecting Blooms is the winning design.

Call 403 862 1923 to get involved. Click the link to donate to The Parks Foundation Calgary, and designate your gift to The Water for Riley Project. Tax receipts are issued.