Burnaby named first 'Blue Community' in Canada
The City of Burnaby has been named the first "Blue Community" in Canada for its leadership in maintaining and supporting water as a public resource.
The award was presented to Burnaby council on Monday by the Council of Canadians and the Canadian Union of Public Employees' Water Watch Coalition.
To become a Blue Community, a municipality must recognize water as a human right, promote publicly financed, owned and operated water and sewer systems, and ban the sale of bottled water at public facilities and municipal events.
Council also approved a resolution affirming its commitment to public water and wastewater systems and to lobby Ottawa to invest in a national water infrastructure system, ensuring all Canadians have access to safe drinking water.