COP 17 delegates drink tap water

2011-11-28 19:34

Durban - There was minimum use of bottled water at Durban's Albert Luthuli convention centre during the first day of an international climate change conference on Monday.

When delegates from countries where tap water is not regarded as clean were served water in jugs, they asked whether it was safe to drink.

Most attendees had no problem swigging back the Adam's Ale from a tap once it was explained to them the water was perfectly safe.

The reduction of bottled water was one of Durban’s initiatives to help reduce the use of energy - and preparing bottled water uses a lot of energy, say activists.

Centre staff have also erected water coolers - all filled with tap water - throughout the venue.

Delegates were impressed by what they saw at the 17th Conference of Parties, dubbed COP 17.

"We are very impressed with what they have done. It shows they have put a lot of effort into lower[ing] their carbon footprint during this huge conference," said Tasneem Essop of the World Wide Fund for Nature.

  • StirMonger - 2011-11-28 19:46

    How about all our politicos to do the same- might save a lot of cash.

  • Drake - 2011-11-28 20:17

    Brave! I can’t remember the last time I had tap water…The old memory must have been affected from the last time I had a taste…

  • Chum Scrubber - 2011-11-28 20:21

    Drink gallons of tap water myself - much cheaper than bottled water, and healthier than cooldrinks. Good on them for walking the walk.

  • Hugh - 2011-11-28 20:25

    Bloody sure they must drink tap water. The standing joke followed by the demand for tap water is that at every water summit we are given bottled water.

  • Alan - 2011-11-28 20:27

    Who writes this trivia?

  • Viji - 2011-11-28 21:02

    I am glad to know that we finally learn to drink simple tap water! but what shocks me is the amount of good food that is thrown in the bin if left over after people have eaten at the conference. Children starve right out of the doors of ICC. Please put the left over food in a bag and give it to the poor. There is so much food on this earth but no love to share. Viji Pillay.

  • Simone Malan - 2011-11-28 21:31

    If you don't have a filter your organs become a filter...*

  • louwc - 2011-11-28 22:39

    Thw funniest thing is when someone orders bottled water and then has it with ice! Do you really think the ice is made from bottled water?

  • lovellt - 2011-11-29 10:03

    I just had a nice glass of JHB tap water with ice cubes made from jhb tap water.

  • senseofeuphoria - 2011-11-29 12:16

    Yea Durbs water is pretty clean and safe..

  • Justin - 2011-11-29 16:54

    Ag shame - can't stand the taste of Durbs water - Maritzburg water is best!

  • Henry Collins - 2013-12-23 16:41

    Good show! If you can read visit the site tapwatersa from South Africa with at the end. After you have visit the website you will think two times before you drink tap water. Why is there Roundworms in our tap water?

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