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Blue Community

Blue Community Project FAQ

What is a Blue Community?

A blue community is one that adopts a water commons framework by doing these three things:

1. Recognizing water as a human right

2. Promoting publicly financed, owned and operated water and waste water services

3. Banning the sale of bottled water in public facilities and at municipal events

What is the Blue Communities Project?

The Blue Communities Project is a joint initiative of the Council of Canadians and the Canadian union of Public Employees. The project builds on a decade of Water Watch work in coalition with many other groups to protect public water services and challenge the bottled water industry.

The Blue Communities Project Guide was created to help community activists and local leaders protect the water commons- our shared water resources- in the face of increasing pressure to put water up for sale and privatize water services.

For more information about the Blue Communities Project visit

You are encouraged to bring along a reusable water bottle when you visit a recreation centre.

Forgot your water bottle? Don't worry, you'll find water available throughout the facilities:

1. All of the recreation centres have at least one drinking fountain located in the common area of the facility. The water found in these fountains is clean and publicly funded. Tap into it!

2. If you'd prefer not to drink directly from a fountain, recyclable paper cups are available from dispensers by most of the fountains.

3. You can purchase a reusable water bottle from the front counter of Beban Pool, Nanaimo Aquatic Centre, Bowen Park Complex and Oliver Woods Community Centre.

Still thirsty?

Other healthy beverage options are available from our concessionaires and vending machines.

More information about the City of Nanaimo's water supply system.

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