Joan van Lieshout
Joan van Lieshout

Mayor against banning bottled water

TWEED mayor Joan van Lieshout has backed calls for more public drinking fountains, but says banning bottled water could hurt some local businesses.

The comments follow a decision by the small town of Bundanoon in southern NSW to ban sales of plastic bottles of water for environmental reasons, and comments by former Tweed Shire Council administrator Max Boyd that people should stick to drinking tap water.

Cr van Lieshout warned water in plastic bottles could also have adverse health affects - both from the possibility of chemical leaching out of the plastic and the lack of added fluoride which in tap water helps protect children's teeth.

“Years ago we all had drinking fountains,” she said.

“I've heard rumours the plastic bottles are quite dangerous when they are left in the sun because they leak chemicals.

“But all my kids drink bottled water. What has happened with our modern society is we have moved on from what is good.

“Tweed water is very good.”

But Cr van Lieshout said she would not support any ban on bottled water sales.

“We would be putting some people out of business,” she said, pointing out neighbours of her Misty Mountain property, Mt Warning Spring Water.



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