Blue Communities Project

Water and sanitation are human rights, and should be publicly owned and operated for the benefit of all. 

The VDLC endorses the Blue Communities Project, initiated by the Council of Canadians and the Canadian Union of Public Employees. The project calls upon communities to adopt a water commons framework by:

  • Recognizing water and sanitation as human rights.
  • Banning or phasing out the sale of bottled water in municipal facilities and at municipal events.
  • Promoting publicly financed, owned and operated water and waste water services.

The following recommendation was adopted at our September 17, 2019, regular meeting. 

Subject:  Blue Communities

BECAUSE there is nothing more important than clean water. We need it for drinking, sanitation and household uses. Communities need water for economic, social, cultural and spiritual purposes; and

BECAUSE water services and water resources are under growing pressure. Communities everywhere – including in Canada – are experiencing extreme weather, including record levels of drought, intense rain and flooding. At the same time, privatization, the bottling of water, and industrial projects are threatening our water services and sources,

THE VANCOUVER AND DISTRICT LABOUR COUNCIL WILL endorse the Blue Communities Project of the Council of Canadians and Canadian Union of Public Employees, which calls upon communities to adopt a water commons framework by:

  • Recognizing water and sanitation as human rights.
  • Banning or phasing out the sale of bottled water in municipal facilities and at municipal events.
  • Promoting publicly financed, owned and operated water and waste water services.

 

Visit the Blue Communities Projects website HERE