Water is a human right first, not for profit.

Welcome to the Public Water Initiative at the University of Toronto (also known as PWI at U of T) page. PWI is a multi-partisan student group working with partners and community organizations like the Polaris Institute, U of T Food Services, and Governing Council Members at the University of Toronto to advocate for sustainable, clean and publicly accessible water sources on campus.

We are currently developing our 2009-2010 campaign to help provide alternatives to bottled water on campus, and increase awareness of the importance of maintaining public water systems.

It is our long-term goal to end the sale and distribution of bottled water at the university, by increasing access to clean, public sources while phasing out bottles across the campus.  This would be done working through a coalition of faculty, staff and student groups.  The ban would *NOT* limit your right to buy bottled water from off-campus sources, or to consume it on campus if you have it.

Why the focus on bottled water?

Bottled water is not a trivial issue when 1 in 3 Canadians drink it exclusively for their water consumption and believe it to be safer and cleaner than tap water.  Concerns with bottled water’s health, environmental, social and economic implications should make its use only as a last resort in situations of emergencies.

If you would like to get involved, find out more information about bottled vs. tap water, or offer your group’s support, PLEASE EMAIL:
. Leanne Rasmussen: leanne.rasmussen@utoronto.ca
. Karen Jia-Yun Cao: karenj.cao@utoronto.ca
. Group email: pwi.uoft@gmail.com

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