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Celebrate Vancouver’s fine tap water during Drinking Water Week

May 14 2012 It’s Drinking Water Week in British Columbia, May 13-19. During this annual event, the City of Vancouver has joined forces with the BC Government and BC Water and Waste Association (BCWWA) to celebrate B.C.’s water.

Drinking Vancouver’s mountain fresh tap water is convenient, free and better for the environment than drinking plastic bottled water.

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It’s Drinking Water Week in British Columbia, May 13-19. During this annual event, the City of Vancouver has joined forces with the BC Government and BC Water and Waste Association (BCWWA) to celebrate B.C.’s water.

Our precious water supply is protected from development and public access, which means that it is naturally clean and clear, and needs little treatment. Monitoring results have consistently shown that Vancouver’s water quality is rated as excellent. Each year, over 2,000 samples are collected for testing and measured against Health Canada's Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality and the BC Safe Drinking Water Regulations.

With water so good, why drink bottled water when we have fresh, clean, local tap water available? The answer is clear: drinking Vancouver’s mountain fresh tap water is convenient, free and better for the environment than drinking plastic bottled water.

When on the go, residents and visitors can access more than 250 water fountains and six water bottle filling stations throughout the city. To view a map of where these are located, visit vancouver.ca/water.

During Drinking Water Week and year-round, the City encourages residents to take three simple water-wise actions in their daily lives:

Drink tap water instead of bottled water
    Water your lawn only one hour per week if needed
    Install water saving low-flow fixtures and appliances

By taking any one of these small actions, residents can collectively protect our valuable drinking water supply and help the City reach its Clean Water Goal set out in the Greenest City 2020 Action Plan: to have the best drinking water of any city in the world and reduce Vancouver’s per capita water consumption by 33 per cent from 2006 levels.

To learn more about the Greenest City 2020 Action Plan, visit vancouver.ca/greenestcity.

To learn more about Drinking Water Week and to take the B.C. Community Water Challenge, visit drinkingwaterweek.org.