Dear Mayor Wiese and Council,
I am writing in favour of Qualicum Beach declaring itself a Blue Community. I strongly encourage the Qualicum Beach Town Council to pass the following resolutions to:
- Recognize water and sanitation as human rights,
- Ban or phase out the use of bottled water in municipal facilities and at municipal events, and
- Promote publicly financed, owned and operated water and wastewater facilities.
By adopting these three simple tenets, our Town can contribute to the protection and preservation of a priceless and increasingly vulnerable resource—water!
Without water, we cannot survive. Without sanitation, we are vulnerable to pollution and disease. In fact, our town has shown that it already values and protects water for our community,so let us take the next steps. Passing the first resolution would officially confirm and acknowledge publicly that water and sanitation are human rights. In doing so, we will raise awareness in our own community and in Canada as a whole.
Passing the second resolution would recognize and promote the value of our local water, renowned for its good taste. Our Town would no longer offer more expensive and wasteful individual-use drinking water in plastic bottles in Town buildings and events. Instead, we can provide our own local water and encourage multiple-use containers that can be filled from our taps.
Finally, passing the third resolution would helppromoteawareness of our excellent municipal water and sanitation services and the need to protect and maintain water as a public resource for us now, our children, and future generations.
We urge you to make it possible for Qualicum Beach to join the seventy communities in Canada that have already become Blue Communities. It is a status for the Town of Qualicum Beach we can all be proud of.
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