- 28 Aug 08, 03:19 PM GMT
London, Ontario that is. The Canadian city's council last week voted to cease sales of bottled water at municipal buildings and facilities including parks and community centres.
The restrictions will begin on 1 September but will only apply to locations where water fountains or other easy ways of accessing drinking water are available.
Councillors, who voted 15-3 in favour of the move, say it is aimed at cutting the 40 million plastic drinks bottles sold in the city each year, of which only half are recycled.
The ban follows similar initiatives in other North American cities including Seattle earlier this year and San Francisco last year. In January, Chicago added a 5 cent tax to bottled water sold in the city.
This side of the pond, Liverpool council voted for a similar ban in 2007.
The new mayor of London, UK, Boris Johnson has promised to look into "a new era" of public water fountains in the city and the previous mayor, Ken Livingstone, launched a campaign to get customers in restaurants to ask for tap water, rather than bottled.
One of my new habits which I do think I will continue once September comes is to carry an aluminium water bottle around with me.
It really is just as easy as buying a new plastic one each time and at £2.99 for the bottle, it has paid for itself within a few refills from the tap.
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