Happy New Year from the Public Water Initiative and the Sustainability Commission!

The Water Working Group will have a drop-in General Member Meeting on Monday, January 17th between 1pm-4pm at Sussex Clubhouse (21 Sussex Ave) Room 415. Drop-in anytime and stay as long as you would like!

We will be discussing:
– our campaign and action plan
– upcoming events
– current and future projects
– volunteering opportunities

Feel free to drop by anytime between 1pm and 4pm!

Looking forward to seeing you!


Are you ever on campus, looking to refill your bottle, and you just can’t find a fountain anywhere?!

Worry no more – PWI has mapped out water fountains and public water across campus!

Click for the PWI U of T campus fountain map (Sept 2010)

Feel free to print, forward, and distribute to anyone who wants one.

Each red dot on the map corresponds to the building code for the building in which it is found – use the legend to find the specific location inside the building. Note that the map is not exhaustive, but is a selection of fountains around campus.

This Thursday, the wonderful Toronto Undergraduate Geography Society (TUGS) will be screening FLOW (which stands for For the Love of Water). Refreshments will be served.

If you have never seen FLOW, SEE IT!
If you have seen FLOW, SEE IT AGAIN!

FLOW really gets to the heart of what PWI is about – water is a human right,
and no one can own it!


Info about the movie: http://www.flowthefilm.com/about

See the Facebook event page, http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=168724476477937


Due to limited seating, please reserve a seat by e-mailing:


Last Friday, PWI joined other water activists from across Ontario to rally for stronger protection of our provincial water.  Currently, we have no provincial water strategy, and existing laws don’t protect communities enough. Too often, it feels like corporate interests trump the public interest. PWI stood in solidarity with the communities from across our province that are suffering the consequences.

Here’s a news story about the  event:  http://www.metronews.ca/toronto/life/article/662796–ontario-legislature-water-logged

Note the lovely lady in the third picture. Yep, we met Maude Barlow!

(Click on the pictures to enlarge)


The number of Canadian universities getting rid of bottled water continues to grow. Here’s where we stand right now:

oUniversity of Winnipeg, March 2009
o Memorial University, September 2009
o Brandon University, December 2009
o Ryerson University, March 2010
o Fleming College- Frost Campus, April 2010
o University of Ottawa, April 2010
o Dawson College, April 2010
o Trent University, September 2010

So why is U of T still not on this list?

PWI is going to be meeting this Thursday at 4pm. We will be in the 4th floor meeting room at Sussex Clubhouse, 21 Sussex Ave @ Huron.

We will be discussing:
-our mandate and our past work (briefly)
-our plan for the year
-upcoming initiatives
-ways to volunteer with us

Following this meeting, we will be meeting bi-weekly as the Water Working Group. This group is a coalition between UTSU, PWI, and anyone else interested in making U of T bottled water free. Everyone is welcome!

Bi-weekly meetings will be Thursdays @ 4 in the UTSU office. The next coalition meeting will be Thurs Oct 14.

See you there!

PWI has put together a map of where you can access public water on campus (ie where you can fill up a reusable bottle).

Access the PDF here: PWI U of T campus fountain map (Sept 2010)

Please feel free to print, forward, and distribute widely!

Note: the map is not exhaustive. If you’d like to help add to it, or want other volunteer opportunities, contact pwi.uoft@gmail.com

This September 20-24 is the UofT Environment Week *. As part of this week dedicated to environmental events, the UTSU Sustainability Committee and the PWI bring you:

“Bottled Water vs. Human Rights”
Thursday, September 23

Hart House- Debates Room

Speakers at this event will facilitate a conversation about the public water infrastructure, privatization of water resources, its implications on social justice and the connection to water on our campus.

– find out more about the connections between bottled water and social justice
– connect with people passionate about water issues
– learn more about the campaign to promote public water on campus!

See you there!

* For full Environment Week Listings, check out http://utern.org/

PWI had a great time at the Field to Fork Festival! The food festival featured local farmers; chefs from accross the campus, as well as campus environmental groups. PWI was conducting its now famous Water Taste Test. Check out these photos!

It was wonderful meeting everyone who came by our table during this year’s clubs fair. We had some great conversations, and look forward to seeing everyone at our upcoming events and meetings!

General Member Meeting
Thursday, September 30

Sussex Club House, Room 415
(21 Sussex Ave)

Come to find out more about PWI!

– learn about our past achievements and future goals
– learn about how to get involved with PWI and the public water campaign
– learn about our partners, supporters, collaborators
– tell us why you care about public water