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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.

wchow@burnabynewsleader.com

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