Media Release: Choose Tap water - it’s healthy and good for the environment

12 December 2016
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City West Water (CWW) will be encouraging its customers to stay healthy, protect the environment and save money by drinking tap water.

General Manager Customers, Community and Environment Cameron FitzGerald said the Choose Tap campaign is an educational program for schools and communities to make sure its customers know they have access to healthy, affordable drinking water.

“City West Water works to maintain almost 5000 kilometres of water supply mains connecting its 1 million customers with high quality drinking water,” he said.

“This campaign complements work CWW already does in the community, particularly with our newly arrived refugee and asylum seeker communities, as many believe they need to treat their tap water or purchase bottled water for drinking.

“Choose Tap activities and supporting information will be provided at community events, and to schools and community groups across CWW’s customer base which incorporates the CBD and inner and outer Melbourne suburbs.”

Mr FitzGerald said Choose Tap is an educational campaign originally created by Yarra Valley Water to address its customers concerns around the benefits of drinking bottled water.

“CWW is committed to continuously improving its service delivery to customers while at the same time working with community partners on local projects, particularly those that provide health benefits,” he said.

“The CWW portable fountain will be at the African Festival in Federation Square on Saturday during the day, Wyndham Council’s Carrols by Candlelight on Saturday night and Moonee Valley Council’s Carols by Candlelight on Sunday - ask us for a Choose Tap drink bottle and fill it up straight from the tap.”

Why it’s good to Choose Tap:
• Every year Australians spend over $680 million on bottled water, a product that costs 2400 times more per litre than tap water
• Plastic bottles are among the 10 most common rubbish items picked up on Clean Up Australia Day.
• Australia’s rising obesity and diabetes rates are linked to poor diet, including excess soft drink consumption
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Please contact Kathryn Duffy on 9313 8938 or 0423 816 262 for further information.