London’s Bottled Water Ban


I’m going to take 1 minute (all the time that it deserves) to respond here to a recent letter to the LFP editor which offends me because of it’s blatant inaccuracy.

What kind of totalitarian regime prevents its citizens from access to clean, refreshing H2O?

gf20080821001Examine for yourself this photo which I took yesterday (and another one HERE.) Clean, free, fresh water right smack-dab in Victoria Park. Not only does the city provide these fountains to it’s citizens, but it does so without restriction. You will observe that there are no armed guards or lethally-spiked metal fences.

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9 Responses to “London’s Bottled Water Ban”

  1. John Leschinski Says:

    Did you happen to take a sample from these outdoor fountains and test them for various bacterias and viruses?

  2. Kevin Says:

    We could also go onto mention the proven health benefits that tap/fountain water has over bottle water.

  3. Kevin Says:


    I bet you that those fountains are cleaner than most of the kitchens in the restaurants people eat out at.

  4. Pat Says:


    Let me fire up my hummer and jet down to vic park, let it idle for a bit (don’t want to pay for parking to get clean, refreshing, free water), and lap it up!

    (side note: can someone lend me a hummer?)

    It would be awesome if a) city could put these up all over, and b) a way to ensure the safety of the water founts, both from bacteria/disease, as well as physical vandalism. Does anyone know anywhere that has a successful water fountain system?

  5. fowgre Says:

    I’d like to see at least as many of these on Dundas Street as there are metal trees.

  6. Adam Says:

    I cant believe how some people whine! It’s not so hard people. Buy a Naglene or other reusable water bottle, fill it up and bring it with you. People have had to endure much worse for millions of years!

  7. Brian Says:

    Nice. I’ve got no beef with the trees but that last comment is funny. I wonder if more people would notice (and drink out of) fountains if they were PR’d as ‘art.’

  8. John Leschinski Says:

    I’m not sure many birds bathe in kitchen sinks Kevin. There have been numerous studies that show water fountains, indoor and outdoor, contain dangerous bacteria.

  9. envirostats Says:

    Don’t drink out of where the birds bathe, John! Drink out of the fountain. That’s why it’s called a fountain.

    If you’re not smart enough to “get that”, no wonder you don’t get the arguments presented here supporting London!

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