Bottled water is the new environmental bad boy, as cities across Canada ban its sale on civic property.

Why pay a buck for water when it’s always on tap?

That’s what municipalities nationwide are asking as they debate banning the sale of a product that’s otherwise available at the faucet. According to the Beverage Marketing Corporation, more than 188 billion litres of bottled water were consumed worldwide in 2007, making it a major revenue source for multinationals such as Coke, Pepsi and Nestlé . But “pro tap” groups say it does more social harm than good, and are waging a PR war in town halls from coast to coast.

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