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Working together to 'choose tap'
CFA and Yarra Valley Water are working together to promote the benefits of drinking tap water through the Choose Tap program. Choose Tap encourages people to drink tap water as an environmentally friendly option and to help people stay healthy by keeping hydrated.
CFA Headquarters in Burwood, in the heart of the Yarra Valley Water catchment area, has opted to Choose Tap and swap bottled water for tap water. The Choose Tap program will be rolled out across CFA sites in the Yarra Valley Water area, including 60 stations.
Mick Bourke, CFA Chief Executive Officer said CFA was working with Yarra Valley Water to promote the importance of staying hydrated and to help reduce the impact the organisation’s activities have on the environment by choosing tap water.
“All members will be encouraged to drink tap water whenever they are in the office or on station. Staying hydrated is important for everyone, but it can literally be a life saver for firefighters who can be called into situations where they are exposed to extreme heat at a moment’s notice. It is important that they maintain their hydration levels both on and off the fire ground. Drinking water throughout the day can also improve concentration, which means that it is equally important for our non-operational support staff.
“CFA also takes its health, safety and environmental obligations seriously and the Choose Tap program assists us in achieving these objectives. Our bottled water use has increased by around 20 per cent each year since 2006, so reducing the amount of bottled water purchased by CFA will also have financial benefits,” says Mr Bourke.
Mr Tony Kelly, Managing Director of Yarra Valley Water said the overall aim of the partnership is to encourage the consumption of tap water where ever possible and to help people make an informed choice about where their water comes from.
“Yarra Valley Water is committed to working with the local community and organisations such as CFA to help make them aware of the health and environmental benefits of drinking tap water.
“CFA is a highly respected organisation and hopefully the example set by their actions will be reflected in the community. I strongly encourage the public to think about their tap water consumption and where the water they are drinking comes from. With over 50% of plastic bottles ending up as land fill or litter, which can take over 1000 years to decompose, choosing tap water seems like the obvious choice,” said Mr Kelly.
To find out more about Choose Tap visit our Facebook page www.facebook.com/ChooseTap