The Vancouver School Board wants to end the sale of bottled water in schools, but it won’t happen any times soon.
Green trustee Janet Fraser says getting rid of bottled water is the long term plan.
But she says it can’t be done until students have enough information and access to tap water.
“There is a concern that if you can’t easily get access to tap water, students will go to a vending machine to get a drink, and if there is no tap water available, they’ll make a less healthy choice.”
Staff have now pitched a plan to trustees, that schools can take to get faculty and students ready for the transition.
Fraser says a timeline for banning the bottles is at least a year away.
“We don’t feel we have the information at the moment to set a target date. But I think over the year we can look at how our actions are being implemented, the data we collect, and we can learn about student and staff perceptions of water to see what is a reasonable target date for the eventual phasing out.”
Tonight’s recommendations — such water filling stations and social media campaigns go to vote next week.