What exactly has Bundanoon done
regarding bottled water?
Bundanoon businesses and residents have voluntarily agreed
to ban pre packaged single use bottled water from the town.
However, Bundanoon will provide residents and visitors with
free filtered water from new public water stations. These
water stations include a modern bubbler and separate taps
that allow people to replenish their refillable drink bottles.
Local businesses will also offer for sale reusable drink bottles
and some will provide free chilled, filtered tap water.
Aren't you picking on the healthiest of
beverages - water?
Actually, it's more the reverse, the Bundy On Tap initiative is
actively promoting the drinking of water, by highlighting that
it is the most economical beverage available. Tap water
supplied direct to homes and offices is so cheap, as to be
almost free. Visitors to Bundanoon will be provided with free
public water stations with modern bubblers and taps for
replenishing refillable drink bottles. Bundanoon shops will
sell reusable drink bottles and offer for nominal cost chilled,
filtered tap water.
Is Bundanoon Against Bottled Water in
The Bundy On Tap Initiative acknowledges that bottled water
can, at times, have an important role to play, Such as where
safe drinking water is not easily available, both in Australia
and internationally. At times bottled water might be the only
safe drinking water, as is often the case with natural disaster
emergencies. However, Bundanoon has safe, reliable water
that's readily accessible. This makes bottled water
unnecessary in Bundanoon.
Why not also target soft drinks?
Because soft drinks are not provided at low cost, and plumbed
directly into homes and offices, like still water is.
We encourage those people concerned about soft drinks to
develop appropriate community action in their own
neighbourhood, as Bundanoon has done regarding bottled
We also note that it is soft drink companies that own the
major bottled water brands. (For example, Coca Cola Amatil
have a hold on about 30% of the Australian bottled water
market with brands such as Pump, Peats Ridge, Neverfail,
Mount Franklin and Deep Spring.) If public health was the
primary concern of the bottled water industry, it would seem
soft drink drink producers would themselves be best placed to
dampen consumer interest in soft drinks.
Why not also target sparkling water?
This was considered by the Bundy On Tap working group,
and was even suggested by some businesses. However, as it is
not available from the tap system.
However, as with the soft drink question, we encourage
communities who also feel strong about sparkling water to
initiate their own local neighbourhood action in response to
Won't the livelihood of businesses be
It is the businesses that are the real heroes in this initiative.
It is their bottom line that will be affected, yet they are right
behind the initiative, agreeing to it, even before the
community meeting. Most businesses that were selling
bottled water believe more visitors buy bottled water than
local Bundanoon residents. Some businesses even proposed,
of their own accord, not stocking sparkling water, or even all
beverages in plastic bottles. Still water was settled on to
achieve a uniform initiative across the town.
Show them your support by not only buying your reusable
bottle and chilled, filtered tap water from these brave small
businesses, but also their other products and servives.
Will cold drinking water be available in
Absolutely. Some stores will be selling sparkling mineral water,
which is not available from municipal water systems. Some cafes
already provide free tap water in chilled glass bottles.
Other stores may offer for nominal cost chilled and filtered tap
water from special in-store water stations. Special public bubbler
water stations will dispense free filtered water.
It is anticipated that access to water in Bundanoon will be indeed
be greater than before the Bundy On Tap Initiative began.
Aren't you taking away people's right to
This is the argument of the Bottled Water Industry. Strangely
they don't seem to be championing the rights of the business
owners and residents of Bundanoon to choose what happens in
the town where they live and work everyday.
But in reality choice will actually be increased. Visitors will have
the option to buy a reusable bottled and fill it with chilled,
filtered tap water. They can bring their own reusable bottle and
pay a nominal cost to fill from in-shop chilled filtered water units.
Or fill up for free from the filtered water public bubblers. Or
bring their own water of their choice from home.
Won't this initiative lead to obesity,
especially in children?
We don't see how. Soft drinks have been around for over one
hundred years. Yet childhood obesity is a modern ailment, mostly
prevalent in the past decade or so. And it is not solely related to
diet, but also to levels of exercise. The Bundanoon Primary School
will, as part of the Bundy On Tap initiative, be installing a new
water station dispensing filtered water, via both a bubbler and a
tap for refillable bottles. Students will also receive their own
refillable water bottle.
What is the Norlex case?
Norlex Holdings is a Sydney-based business entity (ie, not
resident in Bundanoon.) Norlex hold a water licence for
50,000,000 litres per annum. They have lodged a Development
Application with the local Wingecarribee Shire Council for the
commercial extraction of water to be pumped from a bore right
within the Bundanoon precinct - about a 10 minute walk from the
Post Office. If successful, heavily laden trucks taking water from
the bore would need to negotiate a narrow lane and pass right out
front of the local Primary School.
A community group, Don't Bore Bundanoon, has opposed this
proposal for several years, with strong support from Bundanoon
residents, (Click here to see photo of one such community
protest), Wingecarribee Shire Council have also opposed this
water extraction development in the NSW Land and
Environment Court, initially winning their case, and later
fighting an appeal (with revised plans) by Norlex. The outcome of
the appeal is expected soon.
Why are people opposed to Norlex?
Many residents of Bundanoon do not wish to see the safety of
their children and their village lifestyle compromised by a
commercial development from a business that does not reside in
the town. Particularly from a development that is unnecessary,
given that perfectly healthy water is available to Australians
directly from their taps. It would also contribute to greenhouse
gas emissions, oil depletion and solid waste problems.
Is there a connection with the Bundy On
Bundy On Tap is about the far reaching environmental impacts
of bottled water, a product that is unnecessary in locations where
tap water is safe, reliable and easily available. These concerns
were held by many Bundanoon residents long before the Norlex
development application came to light. The Norlex application
merely brought the issue into even sharper focus. Rather than
just complain about the Norlex development, the community
have acted, voluntarily to do what they can to reduce the demand
for bottled water - the product that is also driving this