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Jul 10, 2009
H2-WHOA! Australian Town Bans Bottled Water Sales

The New South Wales Southern Highlands town of Bundanoon has voted overwhelmingly to ban the sale of bottled water...
A community meeting last night took the unusual step, making it the first town in Australia, possibly the world, to ban the sale of bottled water. The "Bundy on Tap" campaign will see still bottled water replaced by reusable plastic bottles that can be bought, then filled up for free at water stations throughout the town.
The campaign is the brainchild of Huw Kingston, who owns the bike shop in the town of 2,500 people. Mr Kingston says he is surprised by the overwhelming interest in his idea. After doing more than 70 media interviews yesterday, Mr Kingston was still fielding calls from the BBC, as well as New Zealand and Japanese media last night.
Idea catches on
It's not just the media that's tapping into the idea. Hot on the news of the planned ban yesterday, NSW Premier Nathan Rees ordered all State Government departments and agencies to stop buying bottled water.
"As a principle, we want to move away from bottled water because of the degradation to the environment that the discarded bottles cause," he said.
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"Banning the bottle puts Bundy on the map" 


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Jenny Dooley
, 3, 2 children
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