LETTER: Avoiding water bottle refill stations short-sighted

Chilliwack’s Ashala Palaniuk shares her thoughts on Harrison’s decision to say no to refill stations

I wanted to express my disappointment in “Water bottle refill stations were also a no, as council thought they would take business away from local shops.”

I like to support the downtown businesses of Harrison, absolutely. But above that, I like to support the health and well-being of our planet. Council should be looking for ways to help the downtown businesses that are not at the expense of the environment.

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Water bottle refill stations would make the experience of spending time in the Village of Harrison much better. When I bring my family to the beach there we always bring lots and lots of water. Not making water easily available won’t increase business. All it does is make it more challenging for us to enjoy and extend our time there.

I support the downtown businesses. We buy ice cream and coffee, go to the local restaurants. What I won’t do is buy bottled water. In a time where straws are being banned, and some communities have banned plastic bags, it’s very short-sighted to not try to reduce single-use plastics by putting in a water refill station. It’s a shame that council doesn’t see this too.

-Ashala Palaniuk, Chilliwack


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