As of yesterday the University of Ottawa is taking big steps forward in the battle of the plastic disposable water bottle. According to the CBC – starting September 1 you will no longer be able to purchase water bottles on campus. Not vending machines or food outlets. The University spent more than $100 000 improving their drinking water supply and the availability of tap water to fill reuseable bottles and in drinking fountains.

While this move is not the first of its kind, I think it’s a great step forward. Not only will this save students money (not buying numerous disposable water bottles) but it will save tonnes of plastic bottles from being tossed away. Not to mention that the water provided will be tested on a regular basis to ensure it is clean and healthy for human consumption… something not all bottled waters can claim.

Way to go University of Ottawa! Lets see which other institutions follow suit.