Water, a human right
Sunday, March 22 is World Water Day.
A billion people around the world lack access to a reliable water supply.
Some say water will be the new oil. We need to protect our water supply. We must pro- mote public water and waste water systems — not privatization. We need a national policy that outlaws bulk exports, sets national drinking water standards and increases funding to maintain and expand water systems.
I call on local governments to support publicly delivered water and wastewater services and recognize water as a human right.
I commend efforts by PEI’s provincial government to ban bottled water within government facilities. I challenge you to declare your workplace a bot- tled water-free zone. Stop using bottled water at public events and instead use and promote public water.
Use it or lose it.